“As an educator by profession, I encountered way too much evidence-scarce, frightening misinformation about GMOs, vaccines, homeopathy, food, chemicals, the list goes on and on,” says filmmaker Natalie Newell. “When I came across these smart women communicating about fact-based parenting, I realized that this was my chance to tell a different story.”
“Science Moms” features plant geneticist Anastasia Bodnar, PhD, neuroscientist Alison Bernstein, PhD, human molecular geneticist Layla Katiraee, PhD, and science communicators Kavin Senapathy and Jenny Splitter. All are moms of young kids, and all of them are tired of the bad science and ideology so prevalent in the parenting world today.
“We all want what’s best for our kids,” says Bodnar. “We have the facts on our side, but we have to find a common ground to get our message across.”
“Most people don’t realize that the anti-GMO movement isn’t only scientifically unsound, but that it leads unconscionable injustice,” adds Senapathy. “But underlying the negative perceptions of GMOs are justified socio-economic anxieties. We get that.”
The hope is that this film will open a national and even international dialogue around raising kids with facts, rather than fear and hype. “The internet is a vast trove of information. How do we sift through it for what’s credible?”, asks Bernstein. “That’s a conversation that needed to begin yesterday.”
“My daughter has food allergies,” Splitter explains. “It’s incredibly scary, and it’s easy for marketers to prey on that fear.”
“Celebrities are beautiful, with aspirational lifestyles,” Katiraee notes. “But we shouldn’t take their parenting advice without scrutiny. Giving birth doesn’t mean our mommy instinct is correct. That requires evidence.”
Contact Natalie Newell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for screening information, and any of the Science Moms for media inquiries.