The ground is eroding under the feet of southern Louisiana’s indigenous people. These rural residents are dealing with the local consequences of a global problem. They may be the first to be displaced, but they won’t be the last.
The modern system of vertically integrated markets has turned America’s poultry and pork growers into serfs, working at the pleasure of their feudal overlords – corporations. A century-old antitrust law is supposed to protect the little guy, but the powerful meatpacking lobby appears to be lord of the manor.
The percentage of rural veterans who are women has more than doubled since the First Gulf War, according to the Economic Research Service. As the male veteran population continues to age, most women veterans in rural America fall into younger age groups.
A dream of settling down and becoming self-sufficient leads the Thomas family into a diverse farming business that deals with produce, beef, logging and other cash generation. Part of its success rests on including a second generation in farm operations and vision.