James Cameron's Next Project: All-Vegan School

School founded by his wife, backed by him, is going 'plant-based'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2015 10:58 AM CST
James Cameron's Next Project: All-Vegan School
Movie director James Cameron talks to reporters at an event to promote the New Zealand film industry on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Wellington, New Zealand.   (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

This fall, the US will have its first vegan school, courtesy of that onetime king of the world, James Cameron. Sort of. Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of the Titanic and Avatar director, opened the nonprofit MUSE School in Calabasas, Calif., with her sister Rebecca Amis in 2006 (E! and other outlets say the Camerons opened it together with Rebecca), and it's going vegan next school-year, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "In the fall of 2015, MUSE will be the only school we are aware of that is completely plant-based," Amis Cameron said at a recent event to benefit the school. Added Cameron, "Plant-based eating—meaning the meals that are served at MUSE will be 100% plant-based. The average person would say vegan, but we say whole food, plant-based."

He continued, "It’s about raising kids who don’t think it’s strange or exotic or worthy of a pat on the back to be doing the right thing for the living biosphere." Students at the school, which has two campuses, range from age 2 through high school. Amis Cameron talked about the private school's plan to eventually go vegan in a June NPR article awesomely headlined, "James Cameron-Backed School To Terminate Meat And Dairy." She noted, "We are gradually moving toward a plant-based menu because we do call ourselves an environmental school. ... You can't really call yourself an environmentalist if you're still consuming animals. You just can't." At the time, the school had 140 students. The Camerons bought a 22-acre property in 2010 to house the school, LAist notes, and Cameron has also designed and donated solar "flowers" that provide renewable energy. (More James Cameron stories.)

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