Author Archives: Mike Callicrate

Big Beef – $1.28 Billion Rigged Game

Go inside the rigged game of Big Beef and discover many differences between the giant Beef Industry and the local community-based storefront. This video is about Mike Callicrate’s story of deception and bribery as well as his will to build … Continue reading

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Maker-Owned Marketplaces

The essential next step in building healthy, resilient, community-scaled food systems Growers, craftsmen, skilled workers, and food makers deserve a fair share of the consumer food dollar. The people who do the real work of growing and making good food … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with the Beef you Buy?

Trinity Vandenacre met Mike at the Rendezvous City Beef Roundup last summer where Trinity was one of the beef competition judges. Mike presented, “Cows Can Save the World” for the first time. The updated version, most recently presented to the … Continue reading

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Perspectives on Agriculture: Past and Future

Callicrate note: Several years ago, in a conversation with John, we discussed the use of a new term describing what I thought was a better kind of agriculture.  Since “sustainable” had been stolen by big corporate ag, I suggested the … Continue reading

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Harvesting Change: Making a Local Meat Market

How One Cattle Rancher Ditched the Industrial Meat Model and Forged a More Sustainable One Cami Koons ckoons@flatlandkc.org Mike Callicrate and his son Teegan are hardworking ranchers. But they aren’t typical. Almost 30 years ago, they bucked an industrial food … Continue reading

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