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Harrison Ford has revealed that he has ditched meat and dairy in a bid to be more environmentally-friendly and healthy.

The Indiana Jones star made the comments during a recent interview on Ellen DeGeneres‘ show.

His comments could be contentious with some, as while he explicitly said he no longer eats meat, he revealed still eats fish.

‘No meat, no dairy’

DeGeneres told the actor he looked good – and asked him about his diet, saying she had recently read that he had changed what he eats.

“What are you doing now?” she asked.

Ford replied: “Practically nothing. I eat vegetables and fish. No dairy…no meat…it’s really boring.”

DeGeneres replied: “The fact you can stick to it is really impressive, because it is hard to eat really, really clean. Did you do it for some kind of reason, or just decide it was better for [you]?”

“I just decided I was tired of eating meat,” said Ford. “And I know it’s not really good for the planet…and it’s not really good for me.”

“It’s good to not eat meat I find,” said DeGeneres. “Speaking of the environment, you went and spoke at the UN in front of a whole bunch of people, talking about the environment. Good for you for doing that, thank you for helping all of us, speaking for all of us.”

Harrison Ford at the UN

The speech DeGeneres was referring to was made by Harrison during the High-Level meeting of the Alliance on Rainforests during the Climate Action Summit 2019 on behalf of Conservation International last September.

During his speech, Ford spoke about the devastating impact the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest is having on the planet, saying: “We’ve been talking about saving the Amazon for 30 years. We’re still talking about it. The world’s largest rain forest, the Amazon is crucial to any climate change solution for its capacity to sequester carbon, for its biodiversity, for its freshwater, for the air we breathe, for our morality.

“And it is on fire. When a room in your house is on fire, you don’t say, ‘there is a fire in a room in my house.’ You say, ‘My house is on fire,’ and we only have one house.”

He added that there is ‘a new force of nature at hand’ when it comes to tackling the climate crisis. “They are the young people who, frankly, we have failed – who are angry, who are organized, who are capable of making a difference,” he said. “The most important thing that we can do for them is to get the hell out of their way.”

Nerves

Speaking on Ellen, Ford revealed that he experienced some nerves while making this speech.

He said: “[I don’t get nervous] until I get there. I don’t have enough sense. But then I was in this room, and I was on a dais [raised platform]…and everybody else was a head of state.

“I thought, ‘oh man, they’ve made a big mistake here’. But then they let me talk about what I wanted to talk about, which was the environment…we have to start talking about it, we have to start doing it, and we have to start insisting our elected officials do it.” 

Maria Chiorando

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.