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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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Photo: Sean Cayton - 2003People producing good food from happy animals, while improving the environment, shouldn’t have to fear the government.
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Food Policy & LawE. Coli Confessions Part I
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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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Fed Cattle Commentary Nebraska News – http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/12/22/41c99d0ed53f0 Hackney Cattle Company / 402.680.4739 Hackney’s comments from Tuesday, March 28, 2006.The views expressed here are those of Walt Hackney and are not necessarily those of DTN, its management or employees. FED … Continue reading
Jury Nullification Mike Callicrate 2006 The jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of both law and fact. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, United States Supreme Court JusticeThe jury has a right to judge both the … Continue reading
OCM: Supreme Court Denies Pickett Appeal Nebraska News Contact: Keith Mudd – 573-735-2742 – www.competitivemarkets.com March 27, 2006 OCM expressed disappointment today in the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the Pickett v Tyson class action cattle price manipulation case. The … Continue reading
Fri, Aug. 26, 2005 Appeals court: Ranchers must pay Tyson’s expenses in cattle case SAMIRA JAFARI Associated Pres MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A handful of cattlemen, who saw a potential $1 billion verdict in their favor reversed in a price-fixing lawsuit … Continue reading
This is a collection of Wally Cartoons you have seen on previous Cattlemen’s Legal Fund issues. All of these cartoons are so good, we decided to offer them here. Click on the Pics to Enlarge.