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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.
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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Monday • Aug 01, 2011 Commonsense Coalition Talk Radio Presents Jan Weber • Farmlandia.com Visit Farmlandia.com | Support Farmlandia.com In Farmlandia, thousands of small to medium-sized farms, once the bastion of our food system, have been replaced by technology-driven, super-sized … Continue reading
Tuesday • Jul 26, 2011 Commonsense Coalition Talk Radio Presents Mike Callicrate, Fred Stokes • 13th Annual OCM Conference “Voices Rising From the Land” [audio:http://www.commonsensecoalitiontalkradio.com/tracks/072611.mp3]
Thursday • Jul 08, 2010 Commonsense Coalition Talk Radio Presents Mike Callicrate • Ranch Foods Direct l OCM and R-CALF meetings Aug 27 in Fort Collins [audio:http://www.commonsensecoalitiontalkradio.com/tracks/070810.mp3]
Tuesday • Jun 22, 2010 Commonsense Coalition Talk Radio Presents Org for Competitive Markets • Chris Abbott, Destry Brown, Mike Callicrate, Randy Stevens [audio:http://www.commonsensecoalitiontalkradio.com/tracks/062210.mp3]
Friday • Jun 10, 2011 Commonsense Coalition Talk Radio Presents Mike Callicrate, Fred Stokes • Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM), Annual Mtg in August l Farm Aid Concert [audio:http://www.commonsensecoalitiontalkradio.com/tracks/061011.mp3]