'Fast Food Nation' author to speak at UNT as part of Earth Week

Eric Schlosser
Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and co-producer of the documentary Food, Inc.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Eric Schlosser, author of the bestselling book Fast Food Nation and co-producer of the documentary Food, Inc. will speak at the University of North Texas as part of the university's distinguished lecture series.

Schlosser will discuss how food issues apply to sustainability and will answer questions from the audience.

The lecture and book signing -- which is part of UNT's Earth Week celebration -- is at 8 p.m. April 21 (Wednesday) in the Silver Eagle Suite in the University Union, 1155 Union Circle. Tickets are available at the Union Information Desk. Student tickets are free; faculty, staff and non-UNT students are $5; alumni are $10; general public is $15.

The Distinguished Lecture Series brings world-class speakers to UNT several times throughout the year. Previous speakers include Suze Orman, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Bill Nye and Vicente Fox.

Schlosser's appearance is part of UNT's ongoing sustainability efforts. For example:

  • The university converts cooking oil from campus cafeterias into diesel fuel for UNT vehicles -- for about $1 a gallon.
  • The facilities department is replacing gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles.
  • UNT became the first large public university in Texas to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a growing nationwide initiative of college and university presidents and chancellors dedicated to counteracting climate change by taking steps to make their campuses climate neutral.

Schlosser is best known for his first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), which helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. It has been translated into more than 20 languages and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for two years. He also co-produced and co-narrated the documentary, Food, Inc., which examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that the meat and vegetables produced by agribusiness have many hidden costs and are unhealthy and environmentally harmful.

Schlosser's second book, Reefer Madness (2003), also a New York Times bestseller, looked at American's thriving underground economy. Chew on This (2006), a bestselling children's book, co-written with Charles Wilson, introduced young readers to the health effects of fast food and the workings of industrial agriculture. Schlosser's next book, Command and Control, is about nuclear weapons.

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