Eric Schlosser

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Eric Schlosser : biography

August 17, 1959 –

He has also written the 2003 book Reefer Madness, a three part book that discusses the history and current trade of marijuana, the use of migrant workers in California strawberry fields, and the American pornography industry and its history.

He is currently at work on a book on nuclear weapons and another book on America’s prison system which has been nearly 10 years in the making.Falconer, Morgan, , Sunday Times (London), February 5, 2010 Schlosser’s book on nuclear weapons, Command and Control, will be a history of the nuclear weapon system of the Cold War told from the perspective of scientists and engineers.

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Films

Schlosser appeared in an interview for the DVD of Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, having a one-on-one discussion with the filmmaker about the fast-food industry. He declined to appear in the film itself. He made a public appearance along with Robert Kenner, Alice Waters, Gary Hirshberg, and Marcel Van Ooyen on June 5, 2009 at the Times Center in NYC following the screening of his new film Food, Inc. presented by the Museum of the Moving Image. Food Inc. explores the way the American food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Owen Gleiberman, film critic for Entertainment Weekly, wrote "I’m not generally in the habit of praising documentaries for being good for you, but Food, Inc. is more than a terrific movie—it’s an important movie, one that nourishes your knowledge of how the world works (or, in this case, has started not to work)."

He was interviewed by Franny Armstrong in 2005 and is a feature interviewee in her film McLibel.

Schlosser also served as an executive producer on the 2007 film There Will Be Blood.

Reception

Schlosser’s work has received positive reviews from across the political spectrum. William F. Buckley gave Reefer Madness a positive review, as did BusinessWeek and The Financial Times. Fortune called Fast Food Nation the "Best Business Book of the Year" in 2001. Schlosser’s work has been required reading for the entire incoming freshman class at Louisiana State University and Holy Cross.