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    Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Vodka Made From Crops In Chernobyl

    It's called "ATOMIK."

    In case you didn't watch the HBO series, the Chernobyl disaster was a 1986 nuclear accident that led to between 4,000 and 9,000 estimated deaths from radiation-related causes.

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    The area that includes and surrounds the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is called the exclusion zone, and it won't be safe for humans to inhabit for at least 20,000 years.

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    But scientists are apparently trying to make use of the area. The Chernobyl Spirit Company just produced a radioactive-free bottle of vodka from crops in the exclusion zone. It's called ATOMIK.

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    The team of researchers used slightly contaminated rye that they grew in the area and water to make the vodka. It's safe to drink because it's been distilled. A lab even tested it and didn't detect any radioactivity.


    ATOMIK is the first commercial product to come out of the exclusion zone. The team of scientists are hoping to make an industry out of it and donate 75% of the profits to affected communities and wildlife conservation.

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    The alcohol isn't for sale yet, but if it does hit the market, would you try it? Sound off in the comments below!

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