We present you the first vodka based on radioactive raw materials from Chernobyl

Fans of the Stalker series of games will feel light deja vu - the first bottle of vodka is presented, which is officially made using materials from the Chernobyl exclusion zone. But if in the fictional world of "atomic romanticism" radionuclides served as a "seasoning" for ordinary drinks, then real Atomik vodka, on the contrary, is completely devoid of them. Except for carbon-14, which is a natural component of any food.

The idea to create vodka from raw materials collected in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and bearing traces of radioactive contamination belongs to Jim Smith, a professor at the University of Portsmouth. This is the result of three years of work by a team of scientists as part of the Site remediation program. The project, which has now grown into a commercial company "Chernobyl Spirit Company", is ready to establish a serial production of exotic alcohol, if legal nuances are settled.

Smith's team raised wheat in several test sites within the Site and took water from deep-sea layers at a distance of at least 10 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant itself. The feedstock was radioactive, enough strontium-90 was found in it to receive an irradiation dose of just over 20 Bq / kg. However, according to Smith, in the process of obtaining alcohol, distillation and distillation, they managed to completely purify the components of vodka from radiation.

The idea of ​​creating such a vodka is just the tip of the iceberg. Smith's team wanted to demonstrate through a clear example that reclamation and careful, thoughtful use of contaminated areas is possible. Chernobyl exclusion zone, and this is an area of ​​4200 sq. Km. in the center of Europe, has not brought any economic benefit for thirty years, although most of it is actually safe for people and nature.