In a previous post, Chemicals in our Bodies – A Story you Need to Hear, Lynn Hasselberger identified the extent of chemical contamination in our everyday living. In a review of Unacceptable Levels, produced by filmmaker Ed Brown, Lynn gleaned the following facts:
- Autism now affects one in 50 children.
- Cancer is the leading cause of death (after accidents) in children younger than 15 years in the United States.
- In the last twenty years, the rates of asthma, allergies and ADHD are on the rise:$1.7 Trillion of the GDP is spent on treating disease every year.
- 400% increase in allergies
- 300% increase in asthma
- 400% increase in ADHD
Over 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, and many are going straight into our bodies. Even our unborn children are affected. Due to this constant exposure, we have approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interacting with our cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn’t understand what that could mean for all of us in the long run, but that is changing. — Ed Brown, Filmmaker
Unacceptable Levels Trailer
Published on Apr 9, 2013, Standard YouTube License
The movie, Unacceptable Levels, examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.
Unacceptable Levels opens the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies carry so that we can make informed decisions now and in the future. The film poses challenges to our companies, our government, and our society to do something about a nearly-unseen threat with the inspired knowledge that small changes can generate a massive impact.
Unacceptable Levels is a hugely important film… Sadly, most Americans are misinformed or not informed at all about how many toxic chemicals we are being exposed to 24 hours a day. These toxins are making us sick and quite simply our lives are being threatened. We need to stand up and speak out. We must demand a healthy environment for ourselves and for our children. Unacceptable Levels poignantly reveals how chemicals have invaded our lives. — Mariel Hemingway, actress and author