Unacceptable Levels Premiers in Chicago – Supporting Local Food Is One Of The Answers

July 29, 2013 at 1:01 pm


I went to the Chicago premier of the documentary film Unacceptable Levels last Wednesday at the MCA. The trailer for the film (2min) says it all.

Their website describes much better than I what the film is about and why it was made. “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.

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.

Globally, disease rates are on the rise. Theories about the causes abound, yet the issues are complex and often muddied by the maneuvering of political and corporate interests. To explore different facets of common chemical exposure, Unacceptable Levels, was made in consultation with experts in multiple fields and is guided by a father on a personal journey as he attempts to bring these issues to light for everyone.  Its primary goal? To determine whether we can prevent disease before it strikes 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.”

Ed communicates how our bodies have become Ground Zero in the battle against pollution and how exposure to chemicals in tiny amounts can have disastrous effects on us. The scary thing that Ed demonstrates in the film is how lack of proof of harm has been used as evidence for safety and how everything we do as a society has consequences.

However, there is hope! I left the film hopeful in that small steps can add up to giant leaps. If you ever question, why eat local? Why is organic food so expensive? What is the point? This film will inspire you to keep on, keeping on in supporting local! Eating local, supporting local farmers is one of those steps. Farmer Vicki at Genesis Farms growing everything organically means that it is one less farmer adding chemicals to their surrounding environments. Eating local is one of the answers!!

If your business or organization is interested in co-sponsoring a screening event, please contact their Tour Manager.
If you are interested in hosting a community screening event, please contact Susan Cann, thier Community Liaison. Spread the word about this inspirational film!