My details are a little sketchy so you'll have to bear with me..
One of the new professors in my mom's department (mom is an english prof) is the mother of a 2 y/o and a 4 y/o. Following a recent visit to the petting zoo, the four year old is refusing to eat meat. They apparently came home and the mom started making dinner and the kid asked what was for dinner, and the mom said "chicken" and the kid asked "chicken? like that was walking around chicken?" and wouldn't eat it. Then asked what was in other things, and won't eat anything that contains animals. So yay!! For the kid. My mother was asking for suggestions as to what to feed the child, since she will only eat cereal and peanut butter now (she was picky before) and her mother is concerned about her getting enough protein. I did tell her that she should be more worried about iron and Bvitamins, and suggested soy meats, but my mother had a valid point... How do you explain to a four year old that this thing that you're eating and that tastes like meat isn't actually meat? Its not like she can read and understand the ingredients. I can see in a household where you've always eaten veg and everyone else does its not as much of a question. This is obviously difficult on omni parents, so I told my mom to tell the other prof if she'd like to compile a list of things that the child used to eat, I'd compile a list of vegetarian alternatives. (Also, the kid won't eat things that are "too smooth" or "too chunky.")