Hear me out. So for the purpose of this argument, let’s divide food in Fallout into two groups, pre-war, and post war. Post war food is anything fresh, veggies, Brahmin, mutfruit, etc etc and is obviously irradiated because it is grown with irradiated water or ate irradiated food when it was alive. Fine, no issue there. But processed pre war food, nearly 200 years old is still edible and always irradiated.
This is what started my train of thought. Why is pre war food nearly ALWAYS irradiated? In areas like New Vegas or The Forest in FO76 that didn’t get hit hard or at all still have irradiated pre war food. Even food found in places like vaults, bunkers, or military installations designed to protect from radiation have irradiated food and drink?
I propose that a solution to the “why is prewar food still edible” and “why is pre war food so irradiated?” are the same. I think pre war scientists found a way to use radiation as a preservative. We already know that Nuka Cola was using radioactive isotopes in Quantum even though it was killing people, so it’s not like the FDA gave a shit about radioactive food or drink. If you could use radiation as a preservative, it would also be a ton cheaper to just zap your product under some uranium as it left the factory than to buy and add preservatives and pre war companies were all out to cut costs. And, my point to contest that it’s all irradiated because of the bombs is that even the food found in sealed vaults is irradiated, which shouldn’t happen. Additionally, in Fallout 76, you use pre war food machinery at Momma Dulches to make stew, and it comes out irradiated even though none of the ingredients are. Lastly, if the bombs and background radiation contaminated all the food, why do certain pre war items that would not require preservatives such as whiskey, vodka, and wine contain no rads?
I’m not trying to say the bombs didn’t irradiate a ton of food, of course it did. But that actually plays into the theory well. If pre war folk were already using radiation as a preservative, then when the bombs fell all the food just got a free re-up on preservatives and then the longer it stays radioactive, the longer it stays fresh. It could also help to explain ghouls and ghoulism, who are described as having flesh that is rotting away, but it takes hundreds of years to rot. Perhaps the huge amount of radiation that they absorb begins to act as a preservative for their flesh. Lastly, it could also explain why some corpses take so long to rot and why we see a ton of dead, washed up sea life. It’s odd to find corpses that have been dead for several years and some are skeletons but some look somewhat fresh, and we consistently see dead but not rotting fish and dolphins. A lot of people in the wastelands have a tendency to go places with a lot of radiation, and sea creatures spend their entire lives under water, which exposes them to huge levels of radiation. This would make sense in why we still see them in good shape if radiation could be used as a preservative. Those that die and rot into skeletons were lucky and never got big doses of radiation.
Thanks for reading! Just stoned ramblings.
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