Know Nuclear

Agricultural Applications

Political Stability and Food Security
There is perhaps nothing more fundamental to human survival than political stability and food security.

Click to View

Click to View

Our struggle today and in the future is that population numbers have exploded within the past century, with billions of more mouths to feed.

With as much as 25 – 30% of the world’s food production being lost to insects, bacteria and rodents after harvesting, there is an enormous need to find new ways to increase food production and deliver it with minimum spoilage.

Nuclear technology uses radiation to improve the productivity of the entire food chain in a substantial manner.

Here are just a few examples:

Water Use and Soil Management

Pest Control

Animal Health and Productivity

Food Safety

Radua

DID YOU KNOW?

Irradiation does not make food radioactive, and irradiated foods look and taste just like the fresh, raw food.

Here are some of the ways food irradiation is used in the U.S.:

  • Food for astronauts on space missions
  • Meals for open-heart hospital patients
  • In school cafeterias
  • Meals on international flights

Additional Resources:

University of Wisconsin Food Irradiation Education Group, “Food Irradiation Means Safer Food”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Food Facts: Food Irradiation”

IAEA, Joint FAO/IAEA Programme, “Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture

IAEA, “Improving Productivity in Agriculture”

Know Nuclear

  • Follow Us
  • Sign up for newsletters
  • Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information of the American Nuclear Society

    © Copyright 2016-2017