For complex reasons, our culture allows economy to mean only money economy. It equates success and even goodness with monetary profit because it lacks any other standard of measurement. I am no economist, but I venture to suggest that one of the laws of such an economy is that a farmer is worth more dead than alive.
A second law is that anything diseased is more profitable than anything that is healthy. What is wrong with us contributes more to the gross national product than what is right with us.