'I can't get above water': how America's chicken giant Perdue controls farmers

'I can't get above water': how America's chicken giant Perdue controls farmers Corporate control is a curse for farmers like Rudy Howell who are burdened with debt and have no alternative buyersBack in the 1990s, Rudy Howell, then in his mid-50s, took over his father-in-law’s poultry contract business in North Carolina. He and his wife hoped it would provide a decent income they could combine with their small pensions to fund a comfortable retirement.Instead, Howell, now 70, finds himself working long hours, deep in debt and earning less than $40,000 (£30,654) in 2019 – well below the average US wage. He spoke to the Guardian about his situation. “It doesn’t matter what… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/14/i-cant-get-above-water-how-americas-chicken-giant-perdue-controls-farmers