Wow! If you needed further proof that the movement towards vegan diets is on fire in this country, here it is: a James Cameron-backed school is about to become the first all plant-based school in the United States! While some schools across the country have gone vegetarian, this school, the MUSE School in Calabasas, California, is slated to become fully plant-based in the next year and a half.
The school, founded by James Cameron and his wife Amis, is already doing a lot to teach kids about the importance of good food. According to NPR, “already, the school has a strong seed-to-table program that’s producing fresh fruits and vegetables grown by its 140 students. They’re guided by the school’s full-time, year-round gardener and educator, Paul Hudak.”
Between the school’s two campuses, a ton of gardening progress has already been made: “students at the school’s two campuses in Malibu Canyon have built 28 raised beds to grow peppers, greens, tomatoes, herbs and other edibles, plus flowers. The older students will also be selling some of the food grown over the summer to local restaurants,” writes NPR.
The Camerons, who are vegans themselves, know the importance of plant-based eating for all people – especially growing kids!
According to NPR, “the couple went vegan in 2012 after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives. The film emphasizes the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and that initially compelled them to empty the cupboards and fridges of all dairy and meat products..”
Beyond just better health, the Camerons advocate for a better earth as a result of plant-based eating: “But what has really been a major eye opener is the connection between food and the environment,” Amis Cameron says. “Now, we’re benefiting greatly from eating plant-based, as are our children, but the environmental piece has become really our sole focus.”
Congrats to the Camerons for pushing an all-vegan kids cafeteria – we can’t wait to see more news like this across the country soon!
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