Author Archives: Mike Callicrate

We were warned about corporate power, crooked politicians, and big money …

Lincoln’s letter on corporations “We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.  It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood … It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see … Continue reading

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Story of the Steer and a Theft of Epic Proportions

The following tells the story of a steer, and also a story of the meatpacker/retailer cartel that captured the largest sector of our food system, while touting efficiencies and economies of scale. Since the early 1980’s when the big-four meatpackers … Continue reading

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Iowa Beef Processors Wasn’t Big Enough to Compete

Mini-Big meatpacking plants have no chance of success without breaking up the conglomerates. And even then, are smaller versions of the inefficient big plants that depend on below-cost-of-production cattle, reduced animal welfare, worker exploitation, and environmental degradation, a good idea? … Continue reading

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Montana Farmers Union Annual Meeting – Building a Resilient Food System

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What could 300 million dollars do? Part II

Part 1 of “What could 300 million dollars do?”can be found at this link: CLICK HERE Please explain: “Instead, that same 300 million dollars could be used to build hundreds of smaller cooperative and owner-operated local/regional plants capable of processing … Continue reading

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