ERIC SCHLOSSER

ERIC SCHLOSSER, a California-based investigative journalist, is the author of Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market (2003). His articles appear regularly in Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the Atlantic, among other publications. This selection is from his best seller, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (2001).