I actually own the domain name meatonomics.com, but I haven't done anything with it. So I'll have put this discussion on beef demand and the economy on this here blog:
The bottom line is that nearly everyone agrees that the economy has taken a one-two punch with the housing crash and soaring prices, most notably energy. So, while the verdict is still pending on whether or not this will be a mild or severe economic downturn, either way it will be extremely difficult to grow beef demand at the pace we have been.
The kicker for the beef industry is that in an ethanol-subsidized world, we need phenomenal demand growth to maintain profitability for the cow/calf sector. Most indicators are quite favorable for the beef industry, but we have hurdles that we have to adjust to -- tremendous over-capacity in the feeding and packing industries, and an entirely new price structure for key inputs. Never bet against the U.S. or the beef industry, but transitional periods where new balances are established are rarely fun, either.
I've been thinking of trying to monetize some of my unused domains, like meatonomics.com, eatonomics.com, rockonomics.com and Dubaiist.com. Anyone got any suggestions?