FOOD,Wickard's Promise: Wickard's Promise


Claude Wickard, Secretary of Agriculture, made a plea and a promise: "Give us half the metal it takes to build one medium freighter and we will save you 900 shiploads across the Atlantic within the next two years."

His plea to WPBoss Donald Nelson was for steel and stainless steel to build new dehydration plants all over the U.S. near supplies of milk, eggs, vegetables, meat. Two years ago seven firms processed most of the nation's five-million-pound annual production of dried vegetables. Now U.S. plants can produce each year 15 million pounds of dried vegetables, 285 million pounds of dried eggs,...

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