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Author of "Fast Food Nation" to speak at OHIO Monday

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser will speak at Ohio University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

His presentation is based on his bestselling book, "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal," and will probe the dubious practices of the fast food industry. As part of the Kennedy Lecture Series, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Schlosser is considered to be a lead advocate championing the return to consuming more natural products and local foods instead of fast and mass-produced food. "Fast Food Nation" (2001), and subsequent documentary "Food Inc." (2006), have called attention to such practices as feeding feedlot cattle waste from hog slaughterhouses and exploiting vulnerable populations with low-paying and dangerous jobs. 

Schlosser's work is considered by some to be as important as Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" in terms of increasing awareness about consumer safety and labor exploitation.

At a previous lecture at DePauw University, Schlosser said, "I would argue that if you ever go to a fast food restaurant, you should care. You should really care about what you're eating, and how it's being made and, most importantly for me, who's making it for you."

A Manhattan native, Schlosser is the son of former NBC president Herbert Schlosser. Schlosser began his career as a playwright and working for an independent film company before turning to journalism and non-fiction.

As a journalist, he has won numerous awards and gained national recognition for his exploration of topics ignored by mainstream media. Schlosser has written other bestselling books, including "Reefer Madness," and was an executive producer of the film "There Will Be Blood."