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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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- This Cattleman's Got A Beef
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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Food Policy & LawE. Coli Confessions Part I
by John Munsell | Oct 11, 2011
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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Farm-to-School Inspiration Sets District 11 Apart
After watching the breakthrough documentary “Food Inc.,” which takes a look inside America’s corporate-controlled food industry, Rick Hughes, director of Food & Nutrition Services for Colorado Springs School District 11, set out on a mission to find out all he … Continue reading
Meats Served in Colorado Springs School District 11 – Food & Nutrition Services
Following Email Notification sent to Student Body Staff and Families on 03/15/2012 Poster featuring Callicrate Beef, distributed by Ranch Foods Direct, in D 11 School Cafeterias A lot has been in the news lately about the quality of beef utilized … Continue reading
A hamstrung D-11 begins crucial cafeteria cuts to balance underfunded government mandates
by Matthew Schniper | February 25, 2015 “Hey son, what did you have for lunch today at school?” Well, we can tell you one thing Timmy didn’t dine on, if he chose a hamburger, or meatloaf, or pasta with meat … Continue reading
School districts put local beef on the menu
Written by Ann Schimke on Jan 22nd, 2013. | Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org The South Routt school district is a rural district with just over 400 students attending its three schools. It is also among a small but growing number of … Continue reading
Food System Success or Failure? It’s time to decide
The pandemic exposed the frailties of our current corporate controlled food system. With the opportunity in the upcoming new farm bill, will we knowingly continue with the same failed system that serves concentrated power, or will we build a better … Continue reading