Developing a local capacity for processing local beef is the most direct avenue for building a sustainable agricultural sector for northern Arizona’s economy.
The exponential growth of global population and our economic system threaten the foundations of our way of life. Many analysts claim this exponential growth has already exceeded the carrying capacity of the earth. If this is accurate, we have little time to reduce our growth and resource use to a level below the earth’s carrying capacity. If we do not act quickly and decisively we risk the collapse of our environment as well as our economic and social systems, just as happened to all the previous 18 complex societies in the earth’s history.
Because beef production is a well-established business, the development of a processing capacity in Northern Arizona is the surest way to create a value-added component to the existing agricultural economy. However, like many new enterprises, beef processing has its own set of complications.