Farmers have worse health, poorer quality of life and lower productivity than employees in any other sector, according to a new study.
A higher risk of accidents, concerns over a future they cannot control and the burden of red tape all add to the pressures of modern-day farming - an industry where the suicide rate is about twice the national average....
"The worst thing about farming is that you have a lot to worry about," ... "The various inspections and the level of bureaucracy mean that a simple mistake, like cutting your hedges too close, can cost you dearly.
"We have to prepare for inspections from the Accredited Crop Scheme and the supermarket audit and we can expect random checks by Defra at any time.
"The stress gets to many farmers.....
Farmers are merely at the forefront of living and working in a sector where every action is regulated, inspected and punished in almost arbitrary ways. Forget the risks of a teaspoon of salt, a cloud of smoke or deep fried Mars bar; unrelenting and uncontrollable stress and being ordered about is what does for more people than anything.