If you are vegetarian and you are traveling to the American South, the American Midwest, Argentina, Portugal, and France - BEWARE. You might get very hungry. These regions and countries don't like their veggies, which makes it very difficult for those that eat only veggies - to survive.
A vegetarian I know lost six pounds in a span of 5 days in Argentina --- It was scarey.
Why do some places promote meat as if it is an essential? Why do some people insist that without meat they can't live?
De Gustibus - New York Times
...Even though the [midwest] region boasts some of the finest farmland in the world, there is a startling lack of fresh produce here. This is a part of the country — and there’s no polite way to put this — where the most common vegetable you’ll see on dinner plates is iceberg lettuce.
“The mentality of the Midwest is, green is garnish,” explained Heidi Van Pelt-Belle, who runs Füd, a vegetarian restaurant in Kansas City.
As a result, many heartland vegetarians say that eating, that most essential activity, can be a constant struggle. Longtime members of the club recall the days when doctors and family members alike warned that forgoing meat would result in serious malnutrition. This was not hyperbole to those who, lacking other options, subsisted on pizza...link to complete article