When I read about this short but concise article I had to think of that popular song by the Beach Boys with the title “I wish they all could be California girls” because this California school is the first school in the US that goes vegan. So, I thought I wish they all could be vegan California schools. Teaching students very early that a plant-based diet has a very positive impact on the environment and making them sensitive to a commitment to sustainability might be the most important thing they might learn at school. So, this California school is definitely a pioneer that is very probably going to make other school follow soon.
“In 2006, MUSE school in Calabasas, California opened its doors as a nonprofit learning center with a focus on educating students about our shared responsibility to protect the planet. Factoring in the environmental degradation caused by a meat-centric diet, it’s fitting that the school will be rolling out an all-vegan menu this fall, making it the first vegan school in the US!
Founded by Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of the Oscar-winning film director James Cameron, along with her sister Rebecca Amis, MUSE already has an active seed-to-table program where students help maintain learning gardens that also produce food for the cafeteria.
The switch to a 100% plant-based menu has been in the works for about a year and a half with the support of James Cameron. The decision reflects the values held strongly by both James and Suzy who became vegan after watching Forks Over Knives, a documentary that highlights the far-reaching impact our food choices have on our health and the health of the planet.
“You can’t really call yourself an environmentalist if you’re still consuming animals,” says Amis Cameron
According to James Cameron, “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 benefits associated with increasing our intake of fruits and vegetables are increasingly recognized, even in theproposed US Dietary Guidelines. In fact, a growing number of school cafeterias – from Los Angeles to Philadelphia– are adopting Meatless Mondays as a way to introduce students to new plant-based foods, and two public schools in New York City are now dishing out 100% vegetarian meals every day of the week.”