The following post was contributed by Alumni Memorial Scholars seniors Ashlea Raemer and Revee Needham, who recently completed an independent research project, using their AMS grant funds, studying vegetarian food in Argentina.
Together we, Ashlea Raemer and Revee Needham, decided to complete our AMS project on the accessibility of vegetarianism in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Historically, Argentina has been heavily influenced by meat consumption, specifically beef. This started when the Spanish conquistadores brought cattle, which then flourished in the flat grassland pampas. Today, those legacies remain, as Argentines are the second highest meat consumers per capita in the world (source). Searching for ways to have an ‘authentic’ Argentine experience or to-do’s while visiting, tourists are directed towards an asado, the equivalent of a beef barbecue. Thus, we sought out to find answers: Is it possible to affordably eat vegetarian food? Are vegetarian-marketed restaurants spatially aggregated in a certain part of the city? Is vegetarian culture like that in the US? Read more