Research Project

Redacted: Suicide, Big Ag, and Climate Crisis / Elegy for the American Farmer

A farmer and his two sons stand in a crop field. Their eyes have been redacted.
Principal Investigator
Barger, Carla

Abstract

Redacted aims to address the rising suicide rate among US Farmers by using an interdisciplinary approach that marries science and poetry. The project has three phases. Currently I'm compiling data and documents on large agricultural operations, the worsening climate crisis, and suicide rates. In the second phase, I'll visually present this information to make obvious the inextricability and interconnectedness of big ag, the climate, and suicide. Lastly, I'll use the data and the visualizations to create ciphers, prompts, and constraints to write a collection of poems that speaks to what digital data alone cannot— the visceral cost of environmental and human degradation.