Why Farmer Suicide Rates Are the Highest of Any Occupation

July 23, 2014 5:57 PM

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Why Farmer Suicide Rates Are the Highest of Any Occupation

The next time you're munching on that delicious corn or eating something that comes from a farm, think about this: Suicide rates in farmers are the highest of any occupation. That's an alarming statistic. So large are the number of farmer suicides that Max Kutner of Newsweek (April 10, 2014) has called it an international crisis. It's a case where the job can kill you.

The exact numbers for farmer suicides is difficult to determine because farmer deaths are often reported as hunting, equipment or farming accidents instead of suicides. Access to highly lethal means -- firearms, poisons, machinery -- result in a large proportion of fatal suicide attempts. There are ...

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