A true and lasting legacy of the 1980s is that American life is the stuff of nightmares, with our collective brains being awash in a dizzying array of toxic substances that were once taboo, but now have become staples of everyday life.
We have become addicted to the internet, which is as ubiquitous as the Internet itself, and our favorite foods, which are increasingly toxic in the midst of an obesity epidemic that is threatening to wipe out the nation’s food supply.
These are the things that haunt us.
Yet these nightmares can be shattered by a single act of kindness.
That is the mission of the Stop the Toxic Consequences of Food movement.
Its roots are in the late 1990s, when a grassroots campaign that started with just a few activists at a local mall in California resulted in the establishment of a nonprofit, Food Not Bombs, that has since grown to include tens of thousands of people.
Through their work, Stop the Transforming Food, they have been able to build a coalition of more than 1,200 organizations across the country that work to end the spread of toxic chemicals in our food supply, including those found in McDonald’s and Taco Bell.
For the past six years, FoodNotBombs.org has worked to help fight a growing tide of toxic ingredients found in our grocery store, in our fast food restaurants, in the meat, milk and dairy industries, and in our restaurants.
These toxic ingredients have been found in the products of companies like McDonald’s, which has been accused of deliberately contaminating the food chain with arsenic and cadmium and other toxic chemicals.
We also have to confront the fact that our food, even though it is made by animals, is made with a toxic material in the form of artificial ingredients, and this is happening all across the nation.
This year, a coalition called Food Not Bodies, which represents more than 100 groups that support the StoptheToxicConsequences movement, released a list of more 3,500 products and services that have been implicated in the spread, sale, and consumption of toxic foodstuffs.
This is a huge number of products and practices that have gone beyond food safety.
The toxic substances found in many of these products are not just toxins.
They are also carcinogens and neurotoxins.
Many of the toxic substances are found in processed foods like chips and potato chips.
And some of these chemicals are linked to cancer.
In addition to the chemicals that make up our foodstuff, we have also become addicted, at a much higher rate, to toxic advertising and to the advertising that we see in restaurants.
We’re eating more junk food, eating more processed foods, and eating more unhealthy packaged foods.
In our own homes, we are eating far more processed food.
We are eating more packaged foods, far more packaged snacks, far, far too much junk food.
This toxic diet has become so common that, according to a recent report by the Food Marketing Institute, Americans consume more processed and packaged foods than any other nation.
In 2015, nearly 1.6 billion calories were consumed in the United States, about 6% of all calories, according the Institute.
This figure does not include the caloric intake of those who are obese, overweight, or on medication, according an analysis of federal data by the National Institutes of Health.
In short, the American diet is toxic.
And, of course, it is not only unhealthy, but it is also addictive, a fact that many people don’t realize.
But, of all the food that we consume, the toxic food that most of us have been consuming for decades has not been a part of the food we consume.
In fact, in 2014, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the public from foodborne illnesses, released the first-ever report on the impact of foodborne illness on children.
That report, released in partnership with the Center on Consumer Freedom, a consumer advocacy organization, detailed what it called the nation in crisis of the toxification of the American consumer.
The report found that by 2025, more than three million Americans will have been hospitalized, almost all of them with foodborne pathogens.
In this context, StopthetoxicConsequence.org’s mission is simple.
Our mission is to end toxic products that are sold in our supermarkets, restaurants, and even our homes, and to ensure that toxic products are phased out of the nation and its food supply in order to preserve the integrity of our food system.
For a short period of time, the Toxic Foods Act of 2015 was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
But it is now being opposed in the courts, because the law does not prohibit food companies from using certain toxic chemicals to create their products.
The problem is that the Toxic Food Act has been hijacked by the big corporations who have taken advantage