This is our sixth Google Hangout featuring lecturers from UC Berkeley's School of Journalism course, Edible Education 103. During this live video chat, participants have the opportunity to ask questions of the guest speakers. In this Google Hangout, guest lecturer Mike Callicrate is also joined by Kathryn Quanbeck and Chelsea Lewis.

Question authors are:
Emilie Gioia, online program manager for the Edible Schoolyard Project.
Stacey Slate, community manager for the Edible Schoolyard Project.

Guest Lecturer is:
Mike Callicrate, an independent cattle producer, business entrepreneur, and political activist. He serves as an outspoken leader in addressing the rural, social, and cultural impacts of current economic trends. He consulted on several best-selling books, including Fast Food Nation and Omnivore’s Dilemma, as well as the highly regarded films Food Inc. and Fresh. Since the mid-1990s, Callicrate has been actively involved in social and political efforts to improve the welfare of family farmers and to restore effective publicly-regulated markets, including participating as a plaintiff in two class action lawsuits against the big-four meat packers for anticompetitive practices. He is a founding member of several farm advocacy groups, including the Organization for Competitive Markets, R-CALF, and the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association. In recognition of his efforts, he has received the “Westerner of the Year” award from Western Ranchers Beef Cooperative; the first ever Legacy Award from the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association; and the Carl L. King Distinguished Service Award from the American Corn Growers Association. In 2000, he formed Ranch Foods Direct, a value-added meat company, which markets his high quality, all-natural Callicrate Beef and other locally produced meats along the Front Range of Colorado and over the internet at ranchfoodsdirect.com. The Ranch Foods Direct system of beef production includes several humane handling innovations, including mobile meat processing, which allows animals to be processed at the ranch and eliminates the stress of long-distance hauling. Earlier this year, he was named to the Colorado Agriculture Council for the Humane Society of the U.S.

Special Guests:
Kathryn Quanbeck, project coordinator for Mendocino County Economic Developmentt & Finance Corporation
Chelsea Lewis, senior agricultural development coordinator at Vermont Agency of Agriculture

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