There's a lot of misinformation out there. Just ask the "Science Moms", a group of conscientious women who happen to work in various fields of scientific study. Fed up with ill-informed celebrity spokespeople and fear mongering alarmists, these women came together to educate other young mothers on the science behind safe and responsible parenting. This lively and informative short documentary traces their efforts to dispel the fear-based propaganda revolving around a string of relevant topics including vaccines, GMOs and alternative medicine.
For many decades, our vision of scientists has been clouded by a repetitive reliance on stereotypes. We expect them all to be geeky men who don white lab coats and horn-rimmed glasses. That's why our first glimpse of the subjects in "Science Moms" might be alarming. The molecular and plant geneticists, the neuroscientist, and the science communicators profiled in the film are just like you and me - real, "normal" women who care deeply about their roles as scientists and mothers.
They begin by tackling the controversies surrounding genetically modified foods. In recent years, this hysteria has benefited the organic food industry enormously. According to the film's panel of scientists, however, there are no proven benefits to switching to a strictly organic diet. It's most substantial success is in lining the pockets of those who work in the emerging organic industry. In fact, the scientists insist, there are a myriad of benefits associated with GMOs, including the protection of our crops from drought and disease, a decreased need for pesticides, enhanced productivity and profitability for our farmers, and profound contributions to end the scourge of global hunger.
The scientists address other avenues where they believe mass misinformation has placed the lives of children at risk. They direct their full-throated support behind the use of childhood vaccines in preventing chronic disease and life-threatening illness. Their next target is homeopathy, the wildly popular form of alternative medicine that attempts to cure an ailment through the use of the natural substances that cause that ailment.
Filled with infectious good humor and strong informed arguments, "Science Moms" is entertainingly light in tone, but heavy on substance.
Directed by: Natalie Newell, Brian Newell