Vodka made from Chernobyl grain may soon be available for sale, thanks to renewed interest in the 33-year-old nuclear disaster that rocked the world.
Known as Atomik, the vodka is free of radioactivity after distillation and may grow in popularity due to the release of the “Chernobyl” miniseries on Netflix.
The alcohol can be bottled by the Chernobyl Spirit Company, which will give 3/4 of the profits back to the local community.
“I think this is the most important bottle of spirits in the world, because it could help the economic recovery of communities living in and around the abandoned areas,” said Prof. Jim Smith of the University of Portsmouth.
While some grain produced in the area is radioactive, the distillation process reduces the grain’s Carbon-14 content to a safe level.
“We aim to make a high-value product to support economic development outside the main exclusion zone where radiation isn’t now a significant health risk,” a University of Portsmouth spokesman told The Guardian.
The university took on the project to help those living around the Ukrainian Exclusion Zone.
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