This week, the Hollywood Reporter published it's second story on the aims of film director James Cameron and his wife, former actress and model Suzy Amis Cameron, to normalize the idea of veganism. This week's story reports at the MUSE School, a private, non-profit school started by Mrs. Cameron, all meals are now completely vegan — the first plant-based school meal program of its kind. LOVE it! That's not the only reason the Muse is too cool for school. It also promotes individualized, passion-based and environmentally oriented curriculums for kids up to 14.
The Cameron couple has been on record for a while now as being meat and dairy free and they're taking strides to help raise awareness for the unsustainable dependency Americans have on animal products. To me, it makes good sense to open children's eyes to a different approach to food before societal norms take root. Interestingly, the word "vegan" will be used sparingly on campus to avoid the perpetuation of both the stigma and badge-of-honor the word can evoke. "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,” said James.
Applause all around for the Camerons and MUSE School. Meanwhile, in the kitchen.... tonight I'm experimenting with shiratake noodles... Szechuan style. Stay tuned!
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