John F. Kennedy on Environment
This didn't sit well with the multibillion-dollar industry being called out. Velsicol Chemical LLC threatened to sue for libel, hinting at the "sinister forces" (read: Commies) that must have influenced the book. In April 1963, Carson appeared on "CBS Reports" to make her case, prompting three sponsors to yank ads from the program.
In May, Kennedy's committee agreed with every salient point made in "Silent Spring." Sadly, Carson didn't have long to appreciate the vindication, as she died in 1964 of breast cancer, an illness she had kept to herself.
Readers flocked to her cause, and "Silent Spring" reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Her critics were ultimately silenced when President John F. Kennedy ordered his Science Advisory Committee to look into her findings and propose recommendations for the use and regulations of pesticides. Their report was issued on May 15, 1963, and it cautioned against the blanket use of toxic chemicals, calling for research into the potential health hazards they posed. DDT was eventually banned.
Kennedy, while keeping food prices relatively stable, took steps to raise net farm income per farm to a record high. A new Rural Areas Development program helped low-income farmers not only find new jobs and improve their homes, but also turn surplus cropland into recreation areas for fun and profit.
Adequate outdoor recreational facilities are among the basic requirements of a sound national conservation program. The increased leisure time enjoy growing population & the greater mobility made possible by improved highway networks have dramatically increased the Nation's need for additional recreational areas. The need for an aggressive program of recreational development is both real
It will involve substantial investments in the early years for the and operation of ship and shore facilities for research and surveys, the development of new instruments for charting the seas and gathering data, and the training of new scientific manpower.
The seas already are a principal source of prote They can provide many times the current food supply if we but learn how to garner and husband this self-renewing larder.
Mineral resources on land will ultimately reach their limits. But the oceans hold untapped sources in virtually limitle quantities.
These are some of the reasons which compel us to embark upon a national effort in oceanography. I am therefore requesting $23 million more for oceanography than what was recommended in the 1962 budget.
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