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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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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
Mike Callicrate in a recent discussion regarding Sodexo at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Screening of American Meat, a pro-farmer documentary about chicken, cattle & hog production in America on Monday, February 25, 2013. 01:28 “I would think at … Continue reading
Last week I spoke at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi for Food Day. Aramark, along with Chick-Fil-A, Subway and other national franchise feeders provide the meals. With one of the country’s best independent bookstores just a few blocks away on … Continue reading
A presentation at Rocky Mountains Farmer Union in association with The Humane Society of the United States at the Meeting of the Markets Summit on October 15th 2012. 00:55 How important is a Farmer? 03:10 Changing the way we eat … Continue reading
CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO A major investigation into the school lunch industry is ongoing as companies that decide what food goes on your child’s plate may be cheating schools and taxpayers out of millions. Sharyl Attkisson investigates charges of … Continue reading