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(Studio) Pesticide DDT banned in effort to save environmental
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Farming has become dependent on DDT. For 10 years, since Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring", ecologists have fought use of DDT as threat to environment and hazard to man. Environmental Protection Agency Admin. William Ruckelshaus makes ban almost total, saying long-range risks outweigh any benefits. [National Cotton Cnsl., Dabney WELLFORD - says insects will continue, destroying crops, unless alternative pesticide is used. Says these organophosphates are more toxic to humans, are more expensive, than DDT.] [Environmentalist - happy with ruling, but fears industry appeal.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Schorr, Daniel
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