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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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Connecting Producers to Eaters Presentation at 3rd Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum – Winter 2015
Mike Callicrate is an independent cattle producer, feedyard owner, business entrepreneur and political activist in St. Francis Kansas. In 2000, he formed a value-added meat company called Ranch Foods Direct to go around the highly concentrated big food companies that … Continue reading
New Public Market coming to Colorado Springs
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Developers and community members are working on a public market near downtown Colorado Springs. Part of the former Gazette building, off Pikes Peak Avenue just east of downtown, will be turned … Continue reading
Chipotle: Selling Idealism – Delivering the opposite
The May 13th article, Soaring Earnings of Chipotle’s 2 Bosses Raise Investor Unease, inspired the following story of my experience with Chipotle: Years ago, when I first saw the Chipotle big burrito, “Food with integrity” bill board, I thought what … Continue reading
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.
Mike Callicrate featured in “Foodopoly” by Wenonah Hauter
Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America Wenonah Hauter grew up on a family farm that her husband runs today as a Community Supported Agriculture Project (CSA), which is part of the growing local food … Continue reading