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My beef with the vegan fat cats

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OPINION: Whereas I'm not exactly persuaded by James Cameron and Sir Peter Jackson that New Zealand can or should go meat-free, I'm pretty sure we could manage without three more Avatar films.

"What we need," Cameron told us last week, "is a nice transition to a meatless or relatively meatless world in 20 or 30 years."

Even for a filmmaker better known for special effects than human-seeming dialogue, this is a clunker.

To be fair, though, when you've made a couple of billion dollars from blue aliens on a fictitious planet, and when you have come to regard New Zealand as your personal movie set, what's so hard about replacing dairy and meat with plant-based alternatives?

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"If we could put 'plant meat' factories, or 'plant cheese' factories, or 'plant dairy' factories in those places", Cameron explains, "[it] is a way to keep [smaller] towns vital."

Yeah, why not? Nothing a set-designer and a crew exempted from labour rules can't fix given a few weeks, right? What's the $14........

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