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Why James Cameron Says You Should Be Vegan

Why James Cameron Says You Should Be Vegan

Yes, you… That is, if you consider yourself to be an environmentalist.

Cameron, who was honored at a National Geographic Anniversary Gala in June, took the opportunity to inspire others by explaining his recent decision to stop using animal products.

“We’re always talking about the action items… What are we asking people to do? What are the changes we are asking people to make in their daily lives? Well I’m going to tell you one… I went into the kitchen, I took everything out of that kitchen that wasn’t a plant, and for five and a half months I’ve eaten only plants. No meat, no dairy, no eggs, no FISH.”

Well, okay… James Cameron isn’t suggesting that you go completely vegan. He’s not pointing to wool or fur or leather or silk, and he’s not quite suggesting that you boycott horse races or circuses. However, he does make it clear that eco-conscious individuals have an obligation to eat a plant-based diet. In fact, he goes so far as to say:

“You can’t be an environmentalist, you can’t be an ocean steward, without truly walking the walk. And you can’t walk the walk in the world of the future the world ahead of us, the world of our children without eating a plant-based diet.”

Well, this information has been circulating amongst vegans for a long time. When you spend every day of your life immersed in the facts of plant-dependent living compared with animal-dependent living, it becomes painfully evident how essential it is that humanity makes this shift, if we want to have a chance of building a future that is actually inhabitable.

As I said in an earlier article,

“Our appetite for flesh and for the products that come from the bodies of animals, combined with our growing human population, has caused us to create systems of animal ‘farming’ that are not only completely unsustainable in the long-term, but are also immediately damaging to many of the natural eco-systems that we depend on, including rainforests, rivers, oceans, grasslands, marshes, and even the atmosphere… Despite assertions to the contrary, even ‘free-range’ or ‘grass-fed’ animal farming is destructive to the natural environment.”

Cameron goes on to explain how eliminating animal products from our diet not only provides its own rewards by improving our health, but actually allows us to take control over our own ecological footprint.

“I’m healthier, I’ve got more energy, my cardio endurance has about doubled… It’s amazing, but setting aside the health benefits, how often do you get that kind of incredible win-win, where you can really transform the planet, and it’s actually possible?”

As Cameron says at the end of his speech, you won’t believe it just hearing it from me, or from him… But thankfully, now that they’re out there (and you can be sure of that, they are out there) you can check out the facts for yourselves.

 

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5:15AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

1:41AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

So I divided that post wrongly.....as I was saying....

3. The hills of Mid-Wales, not far west from where I live, are remote and unsuitable for any kind of farming other than rearing sheep. If there were no more sheep, how else could the families who depend on them earn a living from their land?

1:39AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

There are three questions I've always wanted to put to vegans, ever since I met some a few years ago at a coffee morning.

1. My former partner, a respected agricultural journalist, used to say 'he couldn't be doing with vegetarians and vegans because if it was up to them, all the wonderful rare breeds of farm animals that we have in Britain would be extinct.' I'm not as bothered about the extinction of a breed as I am about the extinction of a species, but I think he had a point. How could we practically save them from extinction?

2. Even if you don't think we should breed any more pedigree animals, these rare breeds are ideally suited to conservation grazing of nature reserves. A motley collection of animals from rescues is unlikely to thrive as well as local breeds - they are unlikely to be as hardy, nor do well without the grains the've been used to. The point of conservation grazing is that it is important to keep grass and other vegetation at the right level, so rare plants and the threatened wildlife that depends on them can thrive. However you still can't keep these rare breed animals free of charge - they need vet checks and more. The cost of keeping them is only practical if the animals are bred for meat. Are there any alternative ideas for keeping the grass under control?

3. The hills of Mid-Wales, not far west from where I live, are remote and unsuitable for any kind of farming other than rearing sheep. If there were no more sheep, how else could the fami

1:37AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

(Part 2) Asking the questions on Care2, I can imagine:

1. Nah, let 'em become extinct!
2. Nah, let 'em become extinct!
3. Nah, let 'em live on benefit or become extinct!

The answers I got at the time were:

1.. Keep them as pets. (Rare breed farmers roll their eyes skywards at the expense!)
2. Mow the nature reserves. (Mow a moutainside...! Otherwise, there's too much grass or too little grass, but never the constant length that's needed. And what about all that 'green manure', feeding the weeds?)
3. Tourism. (At that time the Youth Hostels Association was telling its members it couldn't maintain one single youth hostel in Mid-Wales!)

I seriously believe there are no workable vegan answers.

2:11PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

@ Marie, Thanks!

Croeso! Fi ond buchedda filltir ai 'n ddau chan 'r ffinia ag Lloegr.

3:39PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

@Rosemary. Thank you!
Croeso, s'mae, shwmae? Mae'ndda gen. Siarada chicyn bo her. Nos da x

10:29AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Ha, how often does a post go through by accident before you've finished?

I was trying to say that we are all entitled to comment on any thread, but I believe in being polite, though I won't lie down flat under a rude attack. I can stand up for myself without descending to the same level, which is the correct thing to do! Never give in to a bully!

To get back on track, I've just seen a news item about huge amounts of fruit and veggies going to waste from a leading supermarket. Other food was wasted as well, but fruit and veggies were worse. That must push up carbon footprints.

10:22AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Marie, am I to believe that omnivores 'shouldn't' post in vegan threads? We like to do so politely, of course, but I have been viciously attacked, and so have most people here. Where else can we share our ideas on food, given the lack of Care2 threads supporting meat-eating?

I have found one, over a year old, 'Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat'. If you look at the comments, you will see that vegans have posted there, and some have savagely attacked the omnivores. So threads are open to all, b

10:13AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

I've been absent from these discussions for a while because my computer crashed. I note we are talking about reducing carbon footprints, supposedly from going vegan, and there is a well-laid out website, which however doesn't substantiate its claims. But is it always so simple?

Today in another thread about becoming vegetarian, I mentioned that I've had medical advice to eat cheese as a source of calcium. My choice of cheese - Shropshire Blue - from the neighbouring county - just the other side of the hill I can see from the kitchen window.

A vegetarian on Care2 has suggested replacing the cheese with chia seeds...wherever they come from...? Marie, I admit I don't know but I suspect they are exotic, so can you enlighten me please? What about the food miles?

And of course omnivores on Care2 don't support factory farms (at least not the ones I know.) If no-one ate meat from the local herds of grass-fed cattle or flocks of sheep, then local hedgerows would be destroyed and trees cut down, so a lot of our Welsh wildlife would be made homeless.

5:23AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

@ Anne P Really stalk vegan articles? So what do the vegans do with any article on meat? Eating food of any type is not going to stop. Humans are Omnivore, not mostly vegetarian. No one can say their diet is 100% cruelty free, something dies for you to eat. Also the fancy computers used to post at C2 are far from cruelty free, and there carbon footprint is very high given all the parts and what they are made of. Anne what do you call the hurtful name calling of vegans? They commonly say, bloodthirsty murders, flesh eaters, corpse eaters, and other names all the time to meat eaters. Anne if I'm wrong about the vegan trolls stalking meat eaters please say so? The pot shouldn't call the kettle black!

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