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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
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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The Ethics of Eating: Why Eating is a Moral Act – 2013 Catholic Media Conference Presentation
Eating is a moral act because it is a human act, and human acts can be morally evaluated. As we produce less of our own food in our communities, we have become disconnected from our food supply – a food … Continue reading
Posted in General Advocacy Tagged Albertson’s, Bank of America, Barry C. Lynn, Big Good, Callicrate Cattle Co., Catholic Media Conference, Clorox, Cornered, Cottonwood Creek Farms, Crossmark Corp., Dean Mfg. Group, family farm, Foodopoly, G.K. Chesterton, Hershey, Hunt, Industrial Agriculture, land-grant institutions, Mike Callicrate, Nestle Purina Pet Care Co., Ranch Foods Direct, Smucker, Vandana Shiva, Venetucci Farms, Wells Fargo, Wendell Berry Leave a comment
Country Vet Producer Meeting – Bendigo Australia, Summer 2013
Australian Livestock producers are suffering the same devastating effects of corporate concentration, consolidation, and loss of fair, open and competitive markets that have driven families from the land in the US.
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Monopoly Meat: A video discussion on the market concentration in relation to meat packing
“Walmart – if you are looking for the reincarnation of the British East India Company, there you’ve got it – Walmart.” – Barry C. Lynn At present, just four companies control over 80 percent of the cattle packing market. Barry C. … Continue reading
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