I’m on a panel for the NYAS’s conference on Conflicts of Interest in Healthcare: Opportunities for Self-Reflection and Action, June 24-25. Location: 7 World Trade Center. 250 Greenwich St, 40th Floor. Information and registration are here. My panel is on the 25th at 10:45 a.m. , Session VI: Hot topic discussion: getting to the truth in nutrition science. Other panelists are Mona Calvo fro Penn State, Mehmood Khan from Life Biosciences, and Linda Van Horn from Northwestern. Moderator is Julia Belluz from Vox.
What should be done to repopulate and reinvigorate rural America?
I’m catching up on reading and just came across the USDA’s annual report, Rural America at a Glance, 2017.
Rural areas, says the USDA, face challenges:
- Increased adult mortality (opioid use)
What does USDA suggest as the solution? Broadband.
I’m for insisting that media companies get broadband into rural areas right now. (I have plenty of personal experience with the broadband dead zone between Whitney Point and Ithaca in upstate New York), but that’s not enough.
How about doing something to promote smaller scale, less industrial farming that would bring people back into those areas, and give them meaningful work.
Rural America is turning into America’s Third World. That’s not good for anyone.