James Cameron: 'We Consider Meat And Dairy To Be Basically Toxic'
Director and outspoken environmentalist James Cameron opens up about veganism.
Cameron is profiled in the latest New Yorker magazine alongside his wife, fellow vegan and activist Suzy Amis-Cameron, whose alternative, non-profit school, Muse, is also featured in the article.
The solar-powered sunflowers that Cameron created for his wife’s school, which will supply approximately ninety per cent of the school’s energy, are among the eco-conscious topics highlighted. (“Most girls like to get jewelry, most girls like to go to the spa,” Amis-Cameron said. “My husband—my incredible husband—really, really knows how to give a girl a bouquet of flowers.”)
One of the most interesting parts of the article appears when one of Cameron’s agents, Adam Devejian, comes up to say hello. Cameron remarks that he looks like he’s been weight-training to which his agent replies: “I go to a guy who says I need two hundred grams of protein a day, but I can’t get that from vegetables.”
“Of course you can!” Cameron said. “You don’t eat a fuckin’ calf brain and think it’s going straight to your brain! When you eat muscle, it doesn’t go straight to your muscle. There is more protein per calorie in broccoli than in steak.”
Cameron, who gave up animal products three years ago, told the magazine, “We consider meat and dairy to be basically toxic.”
And according to Devejian, Cameron’s switch to a plant-based diet was fairly fast and smooth.
“When I met Jim, he was on the set of ‘Avatar,’ eating meatball sandwiches and cold cuts. He looked a little heavy. One day, he said, ‘We’re going vegan,’ and we went through the office fridge and threw everything away. Then we get the Cameron Christmas gift. Vegan delights—vegan cookbooks, hemp clothes.”
Devejian says he eats it all, but he still eats meat. However, thanks to his client, he told the New Yorker that he will try to eat vegan for a week. He remains skeptical (“If I get weak, then I’m going to go back,” he said) but if he defers to the success of vegan athletes, he might be pleasantly surprised with the results.