Somewhere in Eastern Europe there is a company that plants a crop of beets and other root vegetables on the site of the Chernobyl meltdown. These plants draw radioactive toxins from the soil like organic magnets, cleansing it. The company then roasts the vegetables to the point of dessication, grinds them to a fine powder, packages and sells them worldwide as ersatz coffee. Everyone in the world, even tiny babies, have to drink one cup of Chernobyl coffee. This way the burden is shared, and no one person is affected any more than any other.
Anna Leventhal is a writer living in Montreal.