He puts his money where his mouth is. James Cameron of “Avatar” fame is arguably the vegan we all aspire to be. Now, he is showing off his biodynamic farm, where he and his family get some 90 percent of all the foods they eat. Not bad for a director who has helped create some of the science fiction world’s biggest films: Alien, Terminator and Avatar.
Cameron and his family embraced a plant-based diet a year and a half ago after watching “Forks Over Knives,” a documentary which investigates the positive effects of veganism on health.
“That’s really when the garden took off and we got serious about growing our own food,” Suzy Amis Cameron said. “We cut out anything that was coming from an animal and cleaned out our refrigerator in 24 hours.”
He also went public and lashed out in a recent interview with National Geographic saying that environmentalists who are not vegan are not upholding their values.
Today, the Camerons grow about 90 percent of the food they eat on the 100-acre coastal farm. They have an abundance of over 150 types of fruit and vegetables on the property, including arugula, Brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, lettuce, figs, peaches, plums, pomegranates and citron.
Hudak plants according to a biodynamic calendar, which means that fruits, vegetables and even flowers are planted according to lunar phases. He also prefers a traditional method of maintaining soil health, where “cover crops” are grown between seasons to put nutrients back into the soil.
He said “It’s all about feeding the soil, not the plant.”