Suzy Amis Cameron is making good on a promise made last year to offer only vegan food at the private MUSE School she co-founded nearly a decade ago with her sister. The 53-year-old, married to filmmaker James Cameron, told a packed audience at a eco-fashion event last week that the initiative will mark the first time a school has completely eliminated animal products from its menu.
“In the fall of 2015, MUSE will be the only school we are aware of that is completely plant-based,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted her as saying; with James Cameron rushing in to add: “Plant-based eating — meaning the meals that are served at Muse will be 100 percent plant-based. The average person would say vegan, but we say whole food, plant-based. It’s about raising kids who don’t think it’s strange or exotic or worthy of a pat on the back to be doing the right thing for the living biosphere."
The Camerons are approaching the school's transition to a plant-based menu very carefully, offering a series of educational talks on veganism to help erase some common myths.
"The first question out of anybody’s mouth is, 'Where will they get protein and calcium?' So, we are spending all of next year creating a MUSE speaker series called MUSE Talks," Amis Cameron told Ecorazzi late last year. "We’ll be bringing in people — from climate scientists to doctors to cookbook authors — to give talks to the teachers and the parents and to interact with the children. These will be marketed [widely] and open to the public."
Amis Cameron was also quick to note that the school will only be offering a vegan lunch and snack — parents and kids are still free to decide whatever they want to eat for breakfast and dinner.
"MUSE is an environmental school and we walk our walk in every other respect," she added. "This was just one of those ah-ha moments, which made us realize we aren’t walking our walk 100% if we’re still serving animal products."
In addition to taking MUSE vegan, the Camerons are in the early stages of a global campaign aimed at spreading awareness of the health and environmental benefits of veganism. Amis Cameron is also writing a series of books on the topic targeting four different demographics (thought leaders, women and mothers, teenagers/early 20s, and kids under 12).
"We’re in a unique position," she told Ecorazzi. "We have a platform that not everyone has. We feel very honored and very privileged to be able to utilize that for the greater good, for the betterment of our planet. So, our hope and dream — our goal — is to help people understand that connection between livestock production and the environment and how everyone can collectively help to make the planet a better place."