GOVERNMENT AGENCIES READY TO ATTACK NATIONAL FOOD EMERGENCY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago, April 16, 1917, several government agencies started a drive to both increase and conserve food resources in the United States during wartime. The drive followed President Woodrow Wilson's call for the American people to enlist in the service of the nation.
Included in the drive were...
--Proposed legislation to empower the council of national defense to fix maximum and minimum prices for food
--Cooperation pledged by Chicago meat-packers to increase and conserve the meat supply and to control meat prices
--Proposed legislation to provide for a volunteer army to furnish labor for increased crop production
Secretary of Agriculture David F. Houston* assured the American people that..."We have 17,000 employees all over the country" who are well equipped to handle the food emergency.
*David Franklin Houston (1866-1940) was born in Monroe, NC & graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1887. He earned an MA in Political Science at Harvard in 1892 & taught at the University of Texas.
DFH was president of the Agricultural & Mechanical College (TX A&M) & the University of Texas. He served as chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis before his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture 1913-1920.
"'Price Control To Save Food for America," by Arthur Sears Henning, The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 17, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/