Questions Needed for Q&A with Director of ‘Unacceptable Levels’

Unacceptable Levels frontI’m going to be doing a Q&A with the director of Unacceptable Levels, Ed Brown. I wanted to open up the metaphorical floor to Disinfo readers. If you have any questions about the film, about Ed Brown, about the chemical revolution, or anything else, send ’em along.

I’d prefer it if everyone could either email me at or submit through the contact form here. But I will also be skimming the comment sections.

STREAMING: You can stream Unacceptable Levels on Reel House.

Here’s the outline of the film:

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.

I hope you Disinfonauts can think of some quality questions!

14 Comments on "Questions Needed for Q&A with Director of ‘Unacceptable Levels’"

  1. why is this unavailable to stream on Netflix?

    • You’ll have to ask Netflix that. You can stream it on Reel House, however: (the trailer is linked to Reel House, you can click through there.)

      • it was a rhetorical question – obviously, the omission is to make a greater profit. Numerous hi quality documentaries are included on Netflix at no additional fee

        • Netflix acquires film at their own discretion and pays for those rights. The decision to do so is theirs, not ours (unfortunately). If it’s of value to you, you can also stream it on Amazon.

          • Lol – you could say the same for record companies and any other publishers – but it is interesting if it’s available to stream on Amazon but not Netflix, usually all of this stuff is identical as far as availability goes, you know like fixed retail prices

          • There’s a difference between IVOD (Amazon Instant Video) and SVOD (Netflix, Red Box Instant, and Amazon Prime). Amazon Instant Video takes a percentage of what we sell/stream, whereas Netflix pays a lump sum upfront. Netflix won’t take just anything like AIV and Amazon Prime will, as they obviously have more to lose. (Amazon Prime is an SVOD service, but they work differently than Netflix, in that they pay a sum per stream).

          • Good info !! so you have to market the product yourself. Seems like a lot of work. I see what you;re saying tho. Otherwise, yes, I am generally interested in this sort of documentary as well as this sort of info. The thing is, how much you charge really does influence who sees it – e.g., someone that can afford to pay $15 and change for a DVD, well, you’re probably preaching to the choir, like $99 for Prime. Personally, I’m lumpen proletariat at best. I’m poor and can only afford Netflix but admittedly, I’m tired of the hegemonic faire, for lack of a better word, but when I chked out the other “services” it really did seem that all of the content was identical. The only exception I found was Vudu, which is way beyond my means. Thank you for this info tho’ it’s helpful and I appreciate it

  2. Echar Lailoken | Jul 17, 2014 at 1:55 pm |

    I’d like to see some comments on the recent findings of the mysterious disappearance of oceanic floating plastic garbage. As well as the issues of microplastics.

    • Well plastics are a part of the chemical revolution, so I’ll see if Brown has any comments on microplastics and the disappearance of the floating plastic in oceans (which I had no idea was happening, by the way).

      • Echar Lailoken | Jul 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm |

        The disappearance has cropped up in certain news feeds within the last week or so.

        Something else I noticed is that Usher is making pants out of recycled ocean plastics. I doubt the company he’s attached hisname to has collected the several tons that should be there.

  3. emperorreagan | Jul 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm |

    Is there an official movie tie-in novel or graphic novel? The Luddites among us need to know!

  4. I’d like to know if any steps have been taken to reduce the levels of inorganic arsenic in rice, apple juice, chicken, and other foodstuffs. Last I heard, the rice growers were suing the chicken growers because the litter they bought for them for fertilizer was the source of that high inorganic arsenic content. But, nothing more about that lawsuit or if anything has changed.

  5. kowalityjesus | Jul 18, 2014 at 5:35 am |

    How long would human evolution take to account for the presence of these chemicals in our lives? Is there evidence of epigenetic changes that point to quick adaptation?

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