Even in todays society meat is seen as a king ingredient to use in cooking and has been a part of our diet for as long as we’ve been on this planet. However, what our bodies require isn’t specifically meat, it’s the iron and protein they provide us.
With cultural foods and fusion cuisine finding places in peoples hearts so to is the idea that food doesn’t have to be unhealthy to taste good. There’s countless of ingredients at peoples disposal to add flavor and flare to their food without needing meat to be a centerpiece at the dinner table.
Preservation has only increased with the invention of the refrigerator. There are countless techniques dedicated to giving food a longer shelf life and giving simple ingredients a bigger punch of flavor and umami to make them delectable. Things like canning, salting, pickling, and smoking just to name a few. Farming has also increased allowing for bigger and better crop yields so people aren’t lacking in options, or food for that matter.
With such things at peoples disposal they do not have to solely rely on the food they raise and produce themselves, they can forgo eating meat and live on a plant based diet without craving a rack of ribs, or dog ribs for that matter.