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CA School to Become First Vegan School in the Country

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The United States will have its first ever all vegan school in 2015.

MUSE School CA was founded by environmental activist Suzy Amis Cameron (aka wife of James Cameron) and her sister Rebecca Amis back in 2006. Since then, kids have been encouraged to “live consciously within themselves” and with solar panels across the school, classrooms built with recycled materials and 160 raised boxes for planting produce on site, the school has been doing the same. Now, getting rid of meat for good is the next eco-friendly move.

“Each year since I’ve been here, we’ve eliminated one or two days of meat to the point where now we’re just serving one meat meal a week,” said Kayla Webb, who started working at the school three years ago when it served organic meat at lunch for students and staff every day of the week. “Starting next year, it’s going to be completely plant-based eating.”


In a recent exclusive interview with Ecorazzi, Amis Cameron said earlier this year that the switch was a goal for the school but was also a sensitive subject to discuss with the parents.

“If the families have an issue with it, depending on what they want to do in their own homes, it’s a lunch and a snack. It will be up to them if they want to feed their children differently for breakfast and dinner [and on weekends]. MUSE is an environmental school and we walk our walk in every other respect. This was just one of those ah-ha moments, which made us realize we aren’t walking our walk 100 percent if we’re still serving animal products,” she explained.

To make sure the transition to a completely plant-based meal plan went smoothly, MUSE offered a speaker series with doctors and cookbook authors that was also open to the public. Now the school doesn’t offer any meat, dairy or soy products and instead of soda, the 175 people on the two campuses get to drink water and tea.

“By 175 people eating one meal a day, we have begun to reduce our carbon footprint by over half a ton per person, which over a nine month period, is the equivalent of taking 25 cars off the road which would have driven 300,000 miles,” said Dr. Reese Halter, chair of mathematics and science at MUSE.

It was that environmental impact in addition to all health benefits that initially made Cameron and her husband go vegan. The multi award winning director has lost weight and claimed he has more energy since going on the plant based diet.

Across the country, in Queens, where Public School 244 made the choice in January to go vegetarian, the same results have been witnessed so far. School officials said that kids are not only loving the new menu but the healthier foods have led to higher attention spans and test scores.

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  • Jim Corcoran

    I’ve been vegan for 26 years and consider it one of the best decisions of my life (my doctor agrees). I lost 25 lbs and kept it off all these years!

    Here’s a short video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice and why the number of vegans has doubled in the US in less than 3 years.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE

    Also, here’s a link for everyone who wants to join the revolution: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/

  • Jarrett Wilson

    bout damn time

  • tinamax

    Great transformation, although there is another school that offers vegan food but with a meat option. The vegan dishes there are delectable.

  • This is awesome! Being vegan is a responsibility. We should now teach the world, since many people are ignorant of true health. I am so happy for these kids, they will get a better start than I did. I wish I was raised vegan, it would have eliminated all the health issues I went through as a child.

    • vegan

      A plant based diet is healthy for humans, however veganism is primarily an ethical way to live respecting animal rights and refusing their exploitation. If someone simply doesn’t eat animal products for health reasons, it is a plant based diet, without the regard for animal rights however it is not veganism.

      • Vegan School

        Quite right, Laura. Similarly, if people or even schools still use animals for human purposes (e.g., dissection or animals in captivity), then they can not rightly identify themselves as vegan although if their food is all plant-based then they can identify themselves as just that – plant-based.

  • Vegan School

    While it is wonderful if Muse is truly going vegan, it is a false claim that they are the first vegan school – at least a few other vegan schools (in California, Florida, Oregon, and New York) have been started prior, (e.g., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAW2vebtjlc).

  • Kimbot

    While this is all very impressive, for $23,ooo-$28,ooo/year I’m not surprised. What about those who are unable to afford that? I guess those children will continue the downward spiral that is the American way. This should be the norm in ALL schools, not only expensive private schools.

    • Carla Garcia

      i agree kimbot! like always..

  • Donna Hoggard

    THANK YOU, to all the schools that are doing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ty Savoy

    This is wonderful to see. The film ‘Cowspiracy, the Sustainability Secret’, did such a great job pointing out the hypocrisy of the mainstream environmental movement, which pretty much ignores the issue of greenhouse gas emissions, and the incredible waste of resources, ie: land, etc, that are the inescapable realities of eating meat. WTG MUSE school !

  • Loribeth12464

    I’m vegan by choice, for health reasons, but mostly for animals’ rights. (Cruelty-free products are more expensive, but worth every penny.) That said, should a vegan diet be imposed on kids? For the wrong reasons? What can it teach them if parents serve meat every meal? I’ve got to think a bit on this before I hit ‘like.’

  • DJ

    Your story is FALSE there have been plenty of schools in black communities that have been all VEGAN for years. Boo to NATALIA LIMA, you need better research

  • Pamela Dominguez

    Two schools in Chicago, Black schools, Betty Shabazz and Barbara A. Sizemore have been in existence for years, AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VEGAN. DO YOUR RESEARCH.

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