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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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- 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
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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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A cabbage ain’t a rose
by Alan Guebert It’s hard to mix today’s politics with today’s food and not get slime, slimed or both. For example, when First Lady Michelle Obama harvested her first White House vegetable garden in 2009, political foes blasted her as … Continue reading
Beef is Beef – Really?
By Mike Callicrate Iowa State University Animal Science students helped organize a “Beef is Beef” rally this week supporting Beef Products Inc. and touting the benefits of BPI’s Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB – Pink Slime). This was an impressive … Continue reading
Pink Slime: Dark Side of Industrial Food System Exposed
by Mike Callicrate “Changes will not simply happen…Changes will occur when consumers realize what they’ve been eating, get angry, and demand something different…It remains our responsibility, with every vote and every dollar spent on food, to start making it right.” … Continue reading
Exposing Pink Slime brings hope to a broken food system
“Changes will not simply happen…Changes will occur when consumers realize what they’ve been eating, get angry, and demand something different…It remains our responsibility, with every vote and every dollar spent on food, to start making it right.” – Eric Schlosser, … Continue reading
Have cattle producers been Romney-ed?
Sale of National Beef looks a lot like a Bain Capital maneuver. Did National Beef ‘s cattlemen owners just get “Romney-ed”? John Miller, National Beef’s former CEO, now consultant and member of the Board of Managers, was a top fundraiser … Continue reading