If you are a vodka enthusiast, you will be delighted to find out that scientists have distilled a new artisan “radioactive-free” vodka from Ukraine and the University of Portsmouth led by Professor Jim Smith using ingredients from the Exclusion Zone around the nuclear reactor site in Chernobyl. The “Chernobyl vodka” is branded as “Atomik” and has been made possible after a research study has been conducted for three years exploring how radioactive materials are transferred to crops in the disaster area.
In 1986 one nuclear reactor of the four that were at the Chernobyl site was destroyed due to a massive chemical explosion that ended into a huge fire. After this event, 4,200 sq km (1,600 sq mi) were quarantined by the Soviet military and most of the 300,000 people living there were evacuated. At the moment, there are 197 people in wildlife preservation as they refused to leave.
Due to this unfortunate event, there is little economic activity which consists of some enviro-tourism and decommissioning the remaining three reactors. Extensive agriculture is impractical in that region due to the radioactive contamination, but Smith thinks spirits can be distilled using ingredients grown on some areas.
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Smith said that Atomik should be considered the most critical bottle of spirits in the world because the communities that keep living there need to recover economically, and this could help them.
The Exclusion Zone community will receive 75 percent of the profits from the Atomik vodka after Smith puts it on the market. The radioactivity in this spirit has been minimized by the Portsmouth team, which should also decrease the consumer resistance towards this product coming from a nuclear disaster zone. Would you dare try this “Chernobyl vodka” or other such spirits made from ingredients grown in this place?