The Rushmore star has recorded the voiceover for What to Eat, a four-minute film created by Farm Sanctuary, a US organisation campaigning for an end to factory farming.
The film follows a character during the course of his day and details his growing concern as he learns more about the food he is eating.
From bacon and eggs for breakfast, a steady stream of facts and figures – with contributions from eventually convinces him that industrial farming techniques are destroying the planet and people’s health, and he ends the day with a meat-free meal.
“The devastation inflicted on our environment by factory farms is something we all have the power to stop by doing something as simple as ordering a veggie burger instead of a meat one,” says Schwartzman. “Please join me in taking the pledge to go meat-free for a day, a month or longer. It’s a lot easier than you think, and let’s be real: all burgers taste the same with ketchup.”
Farm Sanctuary advocates veganism but says on its website: “All decisions we make every day about what we eat can make a huge difference. Going vegan may be a big step, but simply lessening our meat consumption still goes a long way. If we all pledged to eat meat-free meals throughout the week, we’d not only be healthier individuals but our planet would benefit too.”