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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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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
Failure of Genius – Sharp lessons in the cattle and beef marketplace
To learn from history you must first study it. The post COVID world has exposed glaring weaknesses in our food system which no amount of marketing or smoke and mirrors can conceal. It’s now crystal clear a more decentralized local/regional … Continue reading
The Kroger and Albertsons merger Is Bad for Cattle Producers
Gilles Stockton The proposed merger of Krogers and Albertsons grocery chains cannot but result in fewer market choices and higher prices for consumers of beef, and therefore, decreased competitiveness in the cattle market. Krogers is the second largest supermarket chain … Continue reading
FARM ACTION FOCUS: THANKS TO USDA, “NO ANTIBIOTICS, EVER” MEAT ACTUALLY MEANS “ANTIBIOTICS, SOMETIMES.”
This blog was jointly produced with Farm Forward and authored by Mike Callicrate: a Colorado rancher, rural advocate, and owner of Ranch Foods Direct. If you’ve ever perused the packaged meat aisle at your local grocery store, you’ve probably noticed … Continue reading
Hiring Refugees is What They Do – It’s not out of kindness
“From the industry’s point of view, migrant laborers are ideal workers: cheap and disposable.” Companies Promise to Hire Refugees Sept. 22, 2022 The pledges were organized by a group founded by Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya. Pan Demetrakakes PepsiCo, Tyson Foods … Continue reading