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Loretta Schwartz-Nobel is an American journalist and writer currently living in Pennsylvania. She is known primarily for her advocacy of the disadvantaged families of America.

Schwartz-Nobel achieved national acclaim for her article in the Christmas 1974 issue of Philadelphia magazine, in which she brought attention to the hardships of the poor and destitute living in the otherwise typical American city of Philadelphia. The article proved worthy of the 1975 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award "for outstanding coverage of the problems of the disadvantaged."

For the next seven years, Schwartz-Nobel traveled the nation, doing similar research in several other cities, including Boston, Washington, and Chicago, and writing articles for local newspapers and magazines in each city. In 1981, she combined her experiences to form her first novel, Starving in the Shadow of Plenty, in which she outlined the alarmingly destitute living conditions of America's poor families, focusing especially on the difficulty of obtaining food and the ineffectuality of government welfare programs. Her book, as well as a number of economic factors, contributed to a distinct period of awareness of domestic poverty in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, concluded that "Hunger is increasing at a frenetic pace and the emergency of food available for distribution is quickly depleted."

After at least fifteen federal agencies acknowledged the existence of a domestic hunger epidemic, Schwartz-Nobel considered her duties as a journalist accomplished. She resigned herself to other subjects, publishing four nonfiction books on unrelated topics. The surge in public awareness of the early 1980s never directly caused any significant political action to alleviate hunger or poverty in the United States. In fact, as early as 1985, the Department of Agriculture insisted that domestic hunger was no longer a problem and that the United States government was already more successful at preventing malnutrition and poverty than any other administration in history. Instead of trying to relieve the problem, Congress reduced funding for nutrition programs by $12 billion. The White House also denied the existence of a problem. President Ronald Reagan himself insisted that there was plenty of food available to the poor and that "the hungry are too ignorant to know where to get it." Reagan's words caused a public outcry, to which he responded by admitting his mistake and personally participating in Hands Across America. Shortly thereafter, Congress responded to hunger concerns for the first time since Starving in the Shadow of Plenty by increasing funding for nutrition programs by $5 billion.

In 1996, though, the passage of Contract with America and Welfare to Work laws threatened the availability of funds for America's hungry families once again. Schwartz-Nobel responded by reviving her crusade to put an end to hunger in America. In 2002, her efforts culminated in Growing Up Empty, another muckraking novel sharply critical of federal government welfare policies. Some especially shocking and controversial elements of the book include her criticism of poverty among families in the U.S. military and the federal government's ironic preoccupation with solving hunger epidemics in other nations rather than focusing on similar problems inside its own borders. Schwartz-Nobel has not recently commented on her satisfaction with the effects of the novel, but there have been no significant straightforward increases in welfare spending in the United States since the book's publication.

Her newest book is called Poisoned Nation. Poisoned Nation links the soaring epidemics of cluster illness to the chemical contamination of our water, air, food and everyday products for the profit and power of a reckless few. With irrefutable evidence and moving personal stories of the sick and dying, Poisoned Nation demonstrates that the human equivalent of global warming is already upon us. It shows how the government operates in tandem with America’s most notorious polluters, and how they have deceived the public, buried evidence of spreading disease, and suppressed critical scientific data. Poisoned Nation also traces the relationships between organizations whose products cause diseases and those who profit from diagnosing and treating them, as well as their efforts to avoid research into environmental causes and possible cures. This is an urgent call for action that delineates the problem with such clarity that the truth shines through. A plea is issued to religious leaders of all faiths to work together for change, to create a movement to defeat greed and guide us toward a safer, healthier future. Her personal website is located at

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Total Books: 15
Poisoned Nation Pollution Greed and the Rise of Deadly Epidemics
Growing Up Empty  How Federal Policies Are Starving America's Children
2003 - Growing Up Empty How Federal Policies Are Starving America's Children (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780060954864
ISBN-10: 0060954868
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Growing Up Empty  The Hunger Epidemic in America
2002 - Growing Up Empty the Hunger Epidemic in America (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780060195632
ISBN-10: 0060195630
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

The Journey
2001 - The Journey (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780595203628
ISBN-10: 0595203620
Genre: Romance

Starving in the Shadow of Plenty
2001 - Starving in the Shadow of Plenty (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780595185665
ISBN-10: 0595185665
Genre: Nonfiction

Baby Swap Conspiracy
1995 - Baby Swap Conspiracy (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780517144251
ISBN-10: 0517144255
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Forsaking All Others  The Real Betty Broderick Story
1993 - Forsaking All Others the Real Betty Broderick Story (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780679416012
ISBN-10: 0679416013
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction

The Baby Swap Conspiracy  The Shocking Truth Behind the Florida Case of Two Babies Switched at Birth
1993 - The Baby Swap Conspiracy the Shocking Truth Behind the Florida Case of Two Babies Switched at Birth (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679400158
ISBN-10: 067940015X
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

A Mother's Story
1990 - A Mother's Story (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780099704300
ISBN-10: 0099704307
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Politics & Social Sciences

A Mother's Story
1990 - A Mother's Story (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312920524
ISBN-10: 0312920520
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Money
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

A Mother's Story The Truth About the Baby M Case
1989 - A Mother's Story the Truth About the Baby M Case (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780312026141
ISBN-10: 0312026145
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Starving in the Shadow of Plenty
1982 - Starving in the Shadow of Plenty (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780070557765
ISBN-10: 0070557764
Genre: Business & Money

Starving in the Shadow of Plenty
Starving in the Shadow of Plenty (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780399125225
ISBN-10: 0399125221
Genres: Business & Money, Nonfiction

Engaged to Murder The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Brutal Triple Murder
Engaged to Murder the Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Brutal Triple Murder (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780515098396
ISBN-10: 0515098396
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.