Stay Informed!Subscribe to information and news updates related to farming, food and health issues, click here!
“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.
Mike’s Social Media
Live Twitter FeedMy Tweets
- 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
- BIG Food Exposed
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
- advanced meat recovery
- beef checkoff
- Big Food
- Callicrate Beef
- Callicrate Cattle Co.
- Colorado Springs
- Dudley Butler
- e. coli
- Eric Schlosser
- fast food nation
- food Inc.
- Industrial Agriculture
- meat packers
- Mike Callicrate
- Organization for Competitive Markets
- pink slime
- Ranch Foods Direct
- Rick Hughes
- Tom Vilsack
- U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance
- Vandana Shiva
Top Posts & Pages
- From Great American Prairie to Dried Up Industrial Wasteland
- Meat Consumption a Century Ago vs. Today - What if?
- Tapeworm Economy Threatens Food Supply
- 9 Disappointing Facts About Chipotle
- 'I blame you,' IBP head tells producers
- The Kroger and Albertsons merger Is Bad for Cattle Producers
- Twenty-One Years Later Food Fight Continues Over Labeling - How many cows are in one burger?
- Beef's Reputation On Sale - Price Shoppers Beware!
National News Supplement
Author Archives: Mike Callicrate
Celebrating National Pig Day
Improving the lives of pigs can make life better for all of us The pig is a long-time friend of the human species, an essential contributor to our food supply and rural economies. Once known as the mortgage lifter, the … Continue reading
How Can Something So Obviously Flawed Still Exist?
Nothing will change as long as big companies control the market By Mike Callicrate Post Pandemic – Nothing has Changed – Nearly every person in America has seen the empty grocery shelves, the sick and dying meat plant workers, the … Continue reading
Mandatory Electronic Ear Tags- Again!
By Gilles Stockton February 16, 2023 Once again, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is insisting that cattle in interstate commerce be identified with an electronic ear tag (EID). (see: Use of Electronic Identification Eartags as Official Identification in Cattle and … 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
Cowlandia – The Cattlemen’s Nightmare.
Montana rancher Gilles Stockton January 5, 2023 Drover’s never fails to meet expectations for nonsense. In an article in the Drovers Daily, written by Nevil Speer (January 3rd 2023, firstname.lastname@example.org) we are offered a vision of a place called “Cowlandia” … Continue reading