Film-maker owns land in Wairarapa – where he has organic farming interests.
‘We simply need less meat and dairy and more plant-based options in our food system if we’re to reach our climate goals’ he said.
‘Animal agriculture is choking the Earth and the longer we turn a blind eye the more we limit our ability to nourish ourselves – protect waterways and habitats and pursue other uses of our precious natural resources’.
Cameron said raising livestock for meat – eggs and milk generates 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – the second highest source of emissions and greater than all transportation combined.
It also used about 70 per cent of agricultural land and is one of the leading causes of deforestation – biodiversity loss and water pollution.
‘On top of this eating too much meat and dairy is making us sick – greatly increasing our risk of heart disease – type 2 diabetes – several major cancers and obesity’.