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Industrial Agriculture vs. The Family Farm - University of Denver 2013 Presentation

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Industrial Agriculture vs. The Family Farm - University of Denver 2013 Presentation

  1. 1. Industrial Agriculture vs. The Family Farm University of Denver – February, 2013 “Agriculture is a business, not a way of life!” - Teaching of land-grant institutions from around 40 years ago to present 1
  2. 2. Industrial Agriculture vs. The Family Farm University of Denver – February, 2013 The U.S. has lost over 40% of it’s ranchers, 90% of land-grantis afarmers andyearsaago toof of life!” “Agriculture - Teaching of it’s hog business, not way it’s institutions from around 40 80% present dairymen in the last 30 years. 2
  3. 3. Photograph from the book, Great Ranches of the West ©2007 Jim Keen, All Rights Reserved 3Read a sample chapter and order the book at www.greatranchesofthewest.com – 800-363-5336
  4. 4. The National Security issue no one is talking about! Photograph from the book, Great Ranches of the West ©2007 Jim Keen, All Rights Reserved 4Read a sample chapter and order the book at www.greatranchesofthewest.com – 800-363-5336
  5. 5. Family farmers care FOR their livestock Patrick Hamilton, Venetucci Farm,Richard and David Nameth, Greenhorn Acres, Fowler, CO Colorado Springs, CO "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 5
  6. 6. We domesticated farm animals, we owe them good care.“I raise hogs. I don’t produce pork.”- Joe Maxwell, Missouri family hog farmer 6
  7. 7. Eric Schlosser, author of the best seller Fast Food Nation, has an apt description of the industry. Over the last twenty years, about half a million ranchers sold off their cattle and quit the business. Many of the nation’s remaining eight hundred thousand ranchers are fairing poorly. They’re taking second jobs. They’re selling cattle at break-even prices or at a loss. The ranchers who are faring the worst run three to four hundred head of cattle, manage the ranch themselves, and live solely off the proceeds… Ranchers currently face a host of economic problems: rising land prices, stagnant beef prices, oversupplies of cattle, increased shipments of live cattle from Canada and Mexico, development pressures."What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 7
  8. 8. There is money in the food business…Grocery Manufactures Association 8
  9. 9. N7100C – CargillN199HF – Hormel FoodsN97SJ – J.M. SmuckerN1897S – J.M. SmuckerN135FT – Albertson’sN46E – HuntN604CL – HersheyN654CM – Crossmark Corp.N457H – Bank of AmericaN606RP – Nestle Purina Pet Care Co.N102CX – CloroxN545CS – Wells FargoN604MU – Dean Mfg. Group "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 9
  10. 10. Meanwhile, back on the farm… Old Calnon place, So. of St. Francis Trucks in St. Francis, KS Winter day on Webster St. Sept. 6, 2009 "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 10
  11. 11. America: Becoming a Land Without FarmersEvaggelos Vallianatos, September 10, 2012 “The plutocratic remaking of America has a parallel in the countryside. In rural America less than 3 percent of farmers make more than 63 percent of the money, including government subsidies. “The results of this emerging feudal economy are everywhere. Large areas of the United States are becoming impoverished farm towns with abandoned farmhouses and deserted land. More and more of the countryside has been devoted to massive factory farms and plantations.” "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 11
  12. 12. “You should be suing Walmart [instead of IBP], they are the problem. They tell us what they will pay and we have no choice but to pay you less.” - John Tyson, 2002"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 12
  13. 13. “These guys [Tyson] are nothing butold-time gangsters, thugs andthieves. They beat your brains inwith their market power and takeyour money.”January 12, 2004, Montgomery, AL-Associated Press quoting Mike Callicrate on opening day of IBP/Tyson trial "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 13
  14. 14. Emptiness: A picture of big meat packerretaliation – Why cattle feeders won’t speak outagainst meat packer abuses… Callicrate Cattle Co., 1999 "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 14
  15. 15. Average return on equity before tax (ROE)Retail grocery: ROE = 21% (last 6 years)Meat packing: ROE = 17% (last 6 years)All Farming & ranching: ROE = NEGATIVE 0.54%(last 13 years)Packers--for those with sales > $500k - Before tax ROE, 2002-2009: 17.38% - source: http://www.bizminer.com/industries/Meat-packing-plants-2011/Retail grocery--food marketing institute book - http://www.fmi.org - 2003-2009 average: before tax ROE = 20.75%Cattle--for the farm typology "cattle" meaning primarily cattle operations in USDA/ERS annual surveys -http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/ARMS/ "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 15
  16. 16. Eaters BIG FOOD Exploiting Producers and Consumers Farmers and Ranchers"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 16
  17. 17. The BIG lie…“Advances in food science, such as GMO’s and LFTB,antibiotics and lean meat-promoting beta agonists,like ractopamine, are key to meeting myriadchallenges, from feeding a growing population toreducing the incidence of all types of foodborneillnesses…political efforts, fueled by nostalgia forsimpler times, ignore the potential for greater foodsafety disasters, lower yields, high food prices andmore widespread hunger and disease.”– Lisa M, Keefe, editor, Meatingplace magazine "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 17
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  19. 19. "If you have men who will exclude any of Gods creaturesfrom the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have menwho will deal likewise with their fellow men."- St. Francis of Assisi, Roman Catholic friar, founder of the Franciscans Order "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 19
  20. 20. For a person to be a serf in a more humane hogfactory is not the answer for man, pig or eater.Family farmers want to be good stewards, but theyneed the income that fair, open and competitivemarkets provide. They deserve a fair share of theconsumer food dollar. Pigs at Callicrate Cattle Co. 20
  21. 21. Their grazing helps our dehydratingplanet retain moisture in the earth,contributing to global water supplies.Vandana Shiva – Winner of Monsanto’s “Bullshit” award 37% Supporting a restorative solar economy! Grass Beef Manure Grass Bred heifers at Callicrate Cattle Co. 21
  22. 22. “Our cow dung is worth more than your Wall Street stocks.” -Vandana Shiva speaking to Hillary Clinton in IndiaJacek Popiel’s garden inColorado Springs, fertilizedwith Callicrate Cattle manure 22
  23. 23. THE RANCH FOODS DIRECT SOLUTION Eaters BIG FOOD Farmers and Ranchers 23
  24. 24. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 24
  25. 25. A better, more direct route for producers, and consumers wantingto know where their food comes from… 25
  26. 26. Refrigerated trailer transports carcassesfrom mobile unit to cut plant 26
  27. 27. Slaughtering animals where they are raised means:- More humane treatment- Less stress means better quality meat- 37% less weight transported to market- Slaughter waste is composted into valuable fertilizer- Increased rural employment 27
  28. 28. Carcasses from mobile unit are hung fordry aging or cut into primals and boxed. 28
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  30. 30. The industrial ag pantry is filled with… • Human exploitation • Animal suffering…if you’re a shareholder? • Environmental degradation • Community destruction • Family farm & rural decline • Degenerative diseases “They sell things from somewhere else and take the money away…everyday.” - Francisco Chavez, Ranch Foods Direct delivery driver referring to Sysco "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 30
  31. 31. Your local family farm pantry is filled with… • Love • Good health • Great taste • Family meals • Community Greenhorn Acres • Good stewardship Got a farmer? We’ll GROW your food! • Good husbandry “Eating local means more for the local economy. A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.” - Marcy Nameth, Arkansas Valley Organic Growers "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 31

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