Can't get this to post on my Facebook page, so I'll link to it here.
I'm not surprised by the results of this study, are you?
Weedkillers tied to depression in farmers - Yahoo! News Canada http://ca.news.yahoo.com/weedkillers-tied-depression-farmers-193011410.html
One thing I read about the study is that they really didn't find any real correlation between using pesticides etc with depression directly. There were a few interesting comments that went along with the article. One line of thought I do tend to agree with is that farmers that had to use more pesticides could have a higher chance of getting depressed due to the worry of crop output on the property. The simple line of thought whether or not they use any chemicals is that if they are constantly worrying about the crop output that could put them in a depressive state. It does wear on you after a while.ReplyDelete
Depression is just a state of mind (grin).ReplyDelete
I can smell the exhaust fumes coming off the Old Red Belly here at the farm when I drive her around. I can only imagine what go inhaled or absorbed through the skin when farmers rode tractors all day while spraying chemicals.ReplyDelete
Do a Google search for Roundup from Monsanto and its deleterious health effects. That would be enough to depress anybody.ReplyDelete
If they are spraying chemicals all day without proper protection depression would be the best possible outcome.ReplyDelete
I thought the same thing as Quinten. Weeds depress me. Weeds that I spray that don't die make me flat out mad.
I have just started following your blog. My wife and I enjoy reading it and seeing the pictures that you post. We like anything to do with home steading. Feel free to find out a little about us at Two Cedars Micro Farm.ReplyDelete
I hesitate to say this but; I'm worried about the amount of folks who have linked their blogs about "going off grid" to Facebook accounts.ReplyDelete
Ya'll really should be more careful about the use of things such as this and it makes me think that your efforts are more about drawing attention than it is finding a more simple life.
I truly don't mean that statement as a negative to what you're doing but maybe one as how you're doing it.
No worries Bri . I avoided FB for years. I came to the realization that if the powers that be want to find you, they will no matter what. I enjoy staying in contact with distant friends and family this way.Delete
Love your blog! I think it's great that you try to connect to others through the use of Facebook, your blog, etc.! Your ideas give others ideas!ReplyDelete
Thanks Allison. It can be tough putting yourself out in the public light since some people (anon cowards / haters) seem to enjoy the negativity they create. But positive folks like you make it easier.Delete
The chemicals used as herbicides often block the receptors in the plants for needed minerals/salts that also keep our human brains balanced.ReplyDelete
It does not surprise me that chemicals that affect our environment also affect our bodies and brains.
Quinten brings up an excellent point of stress as well. When your livelihood is "all or nothing" every year, that wears on a persons well being too.