Another Toll Of Donald Trump’s Trade War: Farmer Suicides — Mounting financial stress is linked to grim tally in rural America.
This whole article is basically a propaganda piece based on speculation and spurious science. I’m not a huge trump fan but I’m a believer in science and i am a sociologist.
They pulled data showing rural states had a higher suicide rate and correlated that to farmers and tariffs. They didn’t even show if suicides in the rural states they used, such as Wisconsin, had an increased suicide rate in rural areas of that state. There is zero stats showing that there are more farmers in financial distress committing suicide due to this issue. They didn’t even use farmers suicides stats.
Rural areas do typically have higher rates of suicide and always have. There is great healthcare disparity between classes, far less access to mental healthcare providers (in some cases 6 hour drives), and there is greater stigma within rural areas about getting treatment.
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