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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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Thanks Mike, you rock !
Hang in there guy, it is getting close to a time when we may have to play the game of Cosa Nostra.
How about the month old entrails of about a dozen of your processed animals placed on the front porch and in the yard of those bastards, with a nice note speaking of your displeasure informing them that life doesn’t always turn out the way they would have hoped. This Stazi police state is headed for a revolution, and it is about time we took action to let those over zealous inspectors know of our displeasure. At some point we are going to have to put our lives on the line instead of just allowing them to put us out of business !!!
Atta Boy Mike! We are in your corner! Our forefathers left the mother country in pursuit of FREEDOM. And if our forefathers could see what a bed we have made from those humble beginnings that they left us entrusted with what would they do?? My first thought (as a woman) is “weep”. No parent wants to see their children suffer. Yet in pursuit of FREEDOM some people along the way forgot common sense, became greedy and irresponsible and then made it ALL of our problems.. What is good for one is not good for another, so with that in mind to re-create FREEDOM anew we need to find a way to have BOTH!! There will always be a need for mass production. But is it not prudent to have MORE food in the wings than less? And American Farmers can do it!! Encourage and allow farmers to go back to the natural ways. It will only make more and sometimes even BETTER food for Americans! And yet we as Americans can still provide food for other countrys. That is unless greed takes over and no one wins..