Richard Branson revealed he no longer eats beef or fish, for environmental reasons and as a result of watching Seaspiracy Branson says he feels 'as fit' as he did 40 years ago, and is moving towards a vegetarian diet - Media Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Richard Branson Ditches Beef And Fish For Environment, Major Interview Reveals


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Billionaire businessman Richard Branson has revealed he’s stopped eating beef and fish in a major interview – due to environmental concerns.

The 70-year-old Virgin Group founder says he feels as fit as he was in his twenties, and is ‘experimenting’ with going vegetarian.

Moreover, in outlining his healthy lifestyle in discussion with the Wall Street Journal, he revealed the hit documentary Seaspiracy helped sway him to change his eating habits.

Richard Branson

The famous entrepreneur leads an athletic lifestyle abord his private Caribbean island, which lies in the British Virgin Islands.

He told WSJ about his dietary choices and extensive exercise routine, which involves kite-surfing, tennis, and at least two ‘extreme’ bike rides per week.

‘I’ve stopped eating beef because everything I’ve read indicates that the more demand for cattle there is, the more the rainforests will be munched away. I’m experimenting with going completely vegetarian’, he said.

Since spending the pandemic on the ‘beautiful’ nature-abundant Necker Island, Branson’s dietary change is influence by his surroundings.

Branson’s life on Necker Island involves an extensive exercise regime and a diet with reduced meat and fish


In the interview, he continued: “I just saw Seaspiracy, a very good film. That stopped me from eating fish.

“I really hope I can at least stay off beef and cut down other forms of meat and fish – maybe once a week or something.”

It comes after he started working out this year, which has led to him feeling ‘as fit’ as he did between 40 and 50 years ago.

Richard Branson criticism

However, despite Branson’s commitment to changing his diet in order to help the environment, his flight business Virgin Atlantic has come under fire in the past.

This is partially due to vast quantities of greenhouse gas emissions caused by the aviation industry. 

Moreover, a vegan charity urged the mogul to offer exclusively plant-based meals on board to offset some of the ‘damage’.

However, many claim the COVID-19 pandemic was an opportunity for wildlife to take a break due to limited travel opportunities. It also meant there were reduced planes in the sky.

Virgin flights could soon extend into space, however – which a been a dream of Branson’s for years.

With Virgin Galactic, he could be in line for a trip into space later this year – following recent successful trials.

Shifting attitudes following Seaspiracy

The fishing industry tried to curb Seaspiracy’s impact before it was even released

Richard Branson joins a plethora of celebrities abandoning fish since watching Seaspiracy, a documentary revealing the environmental impact of industrial fishing. 

It screened on Netflix in March and has since been endorsed by the likes of Kourtney Kardashian and rock icon Bryan Adams.

Moreover, the film indicated a ‘global shift’ in attitudes towards the environmental costs of how humans treat marine life.

This followed the launch of a petition which urged global leaders to protect oceans and install no-catch-zones.

You can sign the Seaspiracy petition here

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Emily is a journalist based in Devon, where she reports on issues affecting local people from politics to the environment. She has also written features on feminism for Polyester Magazine.

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Gerard Rotonda
Gerard Rotonda
1 year ago

While I am favor of plant based diets, it is due to the health benefits. Plant-based diets are low-risk interventions that lowers your body mass index, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. We do not die of old age. We die of disease. These diseases are not from plants, but from the animals we eat. If we can remove this risk and also reverse any disease or ailment that we have gotten, then try it. Gerard Rotonda

Andrew Sweeney
Andrew Sweeney
1 year ago
Reply to  Gerard Rotonda

Diseases come from years of lead mercury etc..and all sorts of chemicals not to mention the things added to meat. You can raise your own food and it’s 1000% better than commercial sourced. Good luck with GMO vegans diet, only time will tell how badly under nourished the youth will be. Look at photos of men 50 years ago from highschool, such a massive difference to the men of today.

11 months ago
Reply to  Gerard Rotonda

Plant based diets are not without risk. Most of the people that end up in a doctors office are vegetarians and especially vegans. A diet that requires you take many supplements to stay healthy is a sign of a diet that is not optimal. Meat eggs and fish Are the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It is sad to see everyone jump on the bandwagon claiming meat is the enemy when clearly it is not.

Sam Anthers
Sam Anthers
10 months ago
Reply to  john

That’s so silly to say that most ppl in the doctors office are vegan. That’s just plain false. Go to any hospital and walk around and ask all the sick ppl if they are vegan or vegetarian. I will bet you won’t find that most or even a lot, or half, or even a quarter, or eighth, or even even five percent or less of the ppl are. I have been vegan for years and I haven’t been to the doctor or needed to go also for years. I have had to be out in public all through the pandemic and I never got sick at all. Most of the vegan ppl I know are also super healthy and aren’t suffering with many chronic health conditions either. Most look good, youthful, and vibrant. Where do you get your info from? Are you just saying stuff because you don’t like change or being told that you maybe should change?

About Creativity
About Creativity
1 year ago

Very good.