Reading Time: 2 minutes Oprah Winfrey wants people to try ditching meat and dairy (Photo: Walt Disney Television)
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Talk show host Oprah Winfrey is calling on everyone to eat at least one plant-based meal a day in a bid to help the environment.

The legendary tv personality was inspired to take up the challenge herself after interviewing environmentalist Suzy Cameron Amis during a recent episode of SuperSoul Sunday.

The pair discussed Cameron’s book, The OMD Plan, which is described as ‘a clear-eyed and accessible guide for you to improve your health and shrink your personal carbon footprint simply by swapping one meat- and dairy-based meal for a plant-based one every day’.

Starting with one meal

During the segment, Cameron explained the benefits of ditching animal products for one meal.

“Changing one of your meals a day saves 200,000 gallons of water, and the carbon equivalent of driving from Los Angeles to New York. That’s one person. So think about multiplying that out,” she said.

“And you’re not even trying to convert the whole world,” replied Winfrey. “You’re just saying start with the one meal…that is graspable. My mind can hold that, I can receive that, it’s a doable thing. I can turn that into a fun exercise.”

OMD plan

After the interview, Winfrey tweeted a clip, urging her 42.6 million followers to follow the plan.

She wrote: “This is something we can all do. Wanna join me ? Since reading The OMD Plan by Suzi Amis Cameron, I’ve taken up her challenge to eat at least one plant-based meal a day. “

Amis Cameron also wrote about the interview, describing it as a ‘pinch me’ moment, writing on her site: “I was invited to talk all things plant-based with none other than Oprah! From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy my five favorite comfort foods straight from my book.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for 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. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.