Sustainability Office sponsoring “Unacceptable Levels” screening

Bemidji State University’s Sustainability Office is sponsoring a screening of the film, “Unacceptable Levels,” tomorrow evening at the CEC Bemidji Theater.

unacceptable_levelsBSU students can purchase tickets for $2 with a valid ID; tickets for the public are $11.

About the film
The film examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children.

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. The film intends to explore the question of 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.

The film has been screened at locations across the country as part of a schedule of nearly 40 screenings that began with its late-May debut in New York City. During its run, the film has been seen from coast to coast with international screenings at film festivals in Brazil and France.

For more about the film, visit

Erika Bailey-Johnson, BSU sustainability coordinator; (218) 755-2760,