Director James Cameron on Vegan Diet: Like I've Set the Clock Back 15 Years.
On May 4th, “Avatar” director James Cameron will celebrate two years of, in his own words, a diet devoid “a single molecule of anything that came from an animal.”
“This includes meat, eggs, dairy, cheese, fish, etc. I feel great. I feel like I’ve set the clock back 15 years,” he added.
Cameron, 59, made these comments during an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A session on the social networking site Reddit. When the celebrated filmmaker, a producer on the new Showtime climate change series “Years of Living Dangerously” was asked what’s the best thing an individual can do to fight climate change, Cameron likely surprised many by answering: “Stop eating animals.”
“This may surprise you, because it surprised me when I found out, but the single biggest thing that an individual can do to combat climate change is to stop eating animals,” he said. “Because of the huge, huge carbon footprint of animal agriculture. I was shocked to find out that animal agriculture directly or indirectly accounts for 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions, compared to all transportation – every ship, car, truck, plane on the planet only accounts for 13%. Less than animal agriculture. So most people think that buying a Prius is the answer, and it’s certainly not wrong, but it’s not the biggest agent of climate change.”
As for what his favorite sandwich is, Cameron had an answer for that too – just hold the cucumbers.
“Well, as a vegan, you know, it’s not going to be chicken or ham. I would say probably something with a lot of tomatoes and avocados in it. Maybe some grilled vegetables. Mushrooms are good.
“No cucumbers! Despise them! Won’t touch them!,” he adds. “How is it possible to hate vinegar, and hate cucumbers, but still love pickles? It’s an enigma to me. And yet here I am.”
Check out the full, entertaining Reddit AMA here.
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