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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.
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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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Meat That Tests Positive For E. Coli Is Cooked And Sold In Human And Pet Food
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Letter from Langdon: Waste Not, Want Not
By Richard Oswald Good Lifestyle Every meat processor wants to make use of as much as possible. But some things — lots of things — just don’t belong in a burger. Back in the 1970s we were making our own … Continue reading
Tracebacks and USDA: Mutually Exclusive?
by John Munsell | Dec 12, 2011 | Opinion On Aug. 3, 2011, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a speech in Milwaukee that included the following statement: “In 90 days, I expect the agency [FSIS] to announce the first … Continue reading
Saying food is safer doesn’t make it so
Basically, the only step taken after the tragic Jack in the Box incident was the attempt by USDA to educate the public about safer meat handling and safe cooking temperatures. Fast food restaurants, along with many consumers, were told to … Continue reading
USDA Meat Inspection Needs Overhaul
Our food is not getting safer. Under HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) meat inspectors are busy inspecting paperwork instead of meat. Big packers are running very fast kill lines (350 to 400 head per hour) with low paid, unskilled, … Continue reading