Closing Thought–27Jul18

The US has a suicide rate that is anything but envious…..our vets kill themselves….our homeless commit suicide……our bullied teens feel suicide is their only out….suicide is all too “popular” in our society……

There is a sector that is having its trouble with suicide and it is a sector that one would never consider as  problem……our farmers.

Suicide is exploding in America – and the increase isn’t confined to celebrities like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Suicide rates have risen by an astonishing 30% since 1999, with suicidal people citing relationship stress, financial difficulties and other issues as the underlying cause.

But suicide rates have increased for some professions more than others. According to CBS, farmers are facing the highest suicide rate of any profession in the US. The suicide rate for people in the field of farming, fishing and forestry is 84.5 per 100,000 people – more than five times that of the broader population. And with retaliatory tariffs from China and the European Union set to further undermine US crop prices, a bad situation could be about to get worse. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates, making the loans on which farmers depend increasingly expensive.

Please do not think I am blaming any of this on current policies…the problem goes deeper than that…..

This is a problem that has a cure but our current system will never end the spiraling problem….plus if the tariffs do much damage the rate may even increase…

Please have a good weekend….I will see you guys tomorrow….chuq


10 thoughts on “Closing Thought–27Jul18

  1. Suicide is always, sad. But i do wonder how many of us have thought about it?
    I know that I have seriously considered it, in the past. A modern malaise, perhaps?
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. You know that with all the demons from war running thru my head I never considered suicide…..just found ways around it by keeping the mind business with a;l sorts of things….chuq

    2. I have had the thought enter my mind from time to time. The first time was 56 years ago when I was twenty. At age 44 a psychiatrist thinking I might be suicidal asked if I had a plan. I told him yes I had had one since I was 30 and laughed. He decided it was not a serious threat at the time. I can tell if I get under a lot of stress the thought pops into my mind. I try to figure out what is causing the stress and deal with the stress and it goes away.
      I have asked a few people about if they had those thoughts . Some say never and most don’t want to talk about it.

      I think people who commit suicide do it because they loss faith/belief that thins will change and they will get through whatever crisis they are in. My advice is to tell auicidal people that things will change and to hold on until that happens.

      That is hard to convince a farmer who is about to lose his farm and all his money and who sees no way to start over or continue as a homeless person.

      A dentist I know killed himself rather than go through his second bankruptcy. His choice not to go through that again.

      1. I attended many suicides when I was an EMT. Hanging was common in London, as well as jumping under tube (subway) trains, and off of high buildings. I always had great respect for those who did it, wondering how low they must have got to do something so terrible.
        Best wishes, Pete.

  2. The American Farmer is very resilient and will weather any tariff difficulties with grace and fortitude as they always have responded to every challenge.

    1. Farming has essentially become a suicide mission anyway. It hasn’t been profitable in…well probably since before all the old geezers here were born. And the input costs required to do make the same piddling income these days are WAY higher than generations past! The Return on Investment is insanely low.

      Unless you’re in a segment that falls under “supply management” (aka production quotas that keep prices stable & at the higher end, thus requiring tariffs to protect said farmers’ sales from imports) …Unless you’re covered by a quota, or own 1,000 acres, you’re lucky if you can produce enough food just to buy enough food to feed yourself. Many non-quota farmers are really just going through the motions to keep their their property afloat until suburban sprawl reaches them. Then they can sell out to some fugly big box store selling cheap cheap made in China. The economy values that WAAAAY more than producing useless shit like “food”. Funny how that works.

      Not too sure what the expensive, crazy, US subsidies do (aside from making high fructose corn syrup cheap enough to give us all diabetes)…but those non-corporate, non-quota, farmers are real survivors and are about as tough as they come. If THEY’RE offing themselves in big numbers…the end really is nigh…or is that “neigh”?

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