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“The money and political power of Wall Street has stolen America’s food system, bankrupted our farmers and ranchers, mined our soils, polluted our environment, wasted our precious water, and left us with expensive industrially produced food that makes us sick.” – Occupy Wall Street Food Day, December 2011
Above: Ranching Reboot – Episode 4 – Mike Callicrate, owner of Ranch Foods Direct, sat down with us to talk about all manner of things from cattle markets, to public food spaces, the Bander, his feedlot and the pathway he built to market.
He shares valuable lessons learned from fighting against the commodity production system and how he’s built his own pathway to the consumer.
We talk about small community slaughter plants and public meat spaces and what that could look like going in to the future. We discuss environmental challenges, the food police and what it means when a Dollar General comes to town.
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Photo: Sean Cayton - 2003People producing good food from happy animals, while improving the environment, shouldn’t have to fear the government.
Photo above featured in a 2003 article: This cattleman's got a beef, Mike Callicrate and Ranch Foods Direct take on the big meat packersby Kathryn Eastburn
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Editor's Note: This is the first part in a series written by John Munsell of Miles City, MT, who explains how the small meat plant his family owned for 59 years ran afoul of USDA's meat inspection program. The events he writes about began a decade ago, but remain relevant today.
They say that confession is good for the soul. I've been involved in a series of ugly events since my plant in 2002 recalled 270 pounds of ground beef contaminated with E.coli O157:H7 and now want to admit the embarrassing truth for public review. more
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That’s sweet, you couldn’t ask for a better picture, no copy right infrigment either, I like the new sign. I stopped by today to pick up some meat, the place and product are looking great (as always).
What a picture! Thanks for reminding us of the good fight we need to put up for good beef. Keep up the inspiring work.
You should put a arrow pointing to Taco Bell saying don’t eat at a place that doesn’t have real meat.
Love it Mike! Even if Taco Bell could prove their meat is beef they couldn’t tell me when, where or, how it was raised, how far it traveled, and how many animals that one bite of Taco came from.
They can buy it cheap, preserve it, spice it up all they want but they can’t make me swallow it as long as I have a choice to buy better meat directly from a source I trust.
Keep those independent ranchers in business!