When you watch "Titanic" and "Avatar," you're viewing the work of director James Cameron. Now the award-winning director is attracting attention for being a leader in another area: Sustainable farming by growing his own food for his plant-based diet, reported Ecorazzi on October 18.
Cameron and his family made the shift to a vegan diet more than a year ago, when they watched the documentary "Forks Over Knives." The message of the positive effects of veganism on health resonated with the entire family.
Among the benefits of vegan dieting, according to "Forks Over Knives:"
- Reduced risk of cancer
- Protection from heart disease
- Lower risk of diabetes or, if you have diabetes, help with controlling your blood sugar
When James and his wife Suzy discussed the lessons from the documentary, they vowed to implement those guidelines immediately.
“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.”
The vegan family currently grows about 90 percent of their food. Their crop ranges from beets to plums, with more than 150 different varieties of fruits and vegetables.
To make the most of their farm, they use a biodynamic calendar. Translation: Fruits, veggies and flowers are planted based on lunar phases. In addition, they replace the nutrients in the soil by planting cover crops between seasons.
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