By Michael Snyder

Farmers in the United States are feeling more financial pressure than ever before, and that is just one of the reasons why the suicide rate for farmers is about five times as high as for the population as a whole…

“Think about trying to live today on the income you had 15 years ago.” That’s how agriculture expert Chris Hurt describes the plight facing U.S. farmers today.

 

The unequal economy that’s emerged over the past decade, combined with patchy access to health care in rural areas, have had a severe impact on the people growing America’s food. Recent data shows just how much. Farmers are dying by suicide at a higher rate than any other occupational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

The suicide rate in the field of farming, fishing and forestry is 84.5 per 100,000 people — more than five times that of the population as a whole. That’s even as the nation overall has seen an increase in suicide rates over the last 30 years.

Please pray for our farmers, because many of them have been forced deeply into debt, and more family farms are dying off with each passing day…

Republished with permission The Most Important News

 


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