Some of you may remember the tag-line spoken by Robert Mitchum in a long series of commercials. But look at this article in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal (subscriber content at this writing - but put the article title in your browser and you may find an ungated version). The slideshow alone is very helpful and that is open access.
According to the article, beef is a normal good; an indicator of rising prosperity and economic growth; and a subject of globalization.
I think you'll find it interesting and I hope you find it useful.