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Health Care Without Harm and Physicians for Social Responsibility Report: One-Quarter of CA Hospitals Are Committed to Sustainable Food as Center of Healing Mission
Date:11/6/2013

Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) November 06, 2013

A report released Tuesday by Health Care Without Harm and the San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF PSR) shows that 25 percent of hospitals in regions throughout California are now committed to putting sustainable food at the center of their healing mission.

The 2013 California Healthy Food in Health Care report highlights the many ways these 127 facilities – including the University of California Medical Centers and the largest health systems in the state – are revolutionizing food service by committing to pesticide-free produce; antibiotic-free meats; and local, seasonal meals for patients, staff, and visitors.

"California’s hospitals are demonstrating that to reverse the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in America, we need to treat the community as the patient," said Gary Cohen, co-founder and President of Health Care Without Harm. "Now is the moment for us to create food systems that build both the health and wealth of communities at a scale that matters."

In contrast to typical hospital fare, patients are offered ripe, organic strawberries for dessert and delicious vegetarian stews instead of burgers as a main course. Hospital cafeterias feature crisp green beans and asparagus from local farms, as well as antibiotic-free chicken and meat. These shifts translate into more income and economic stability for local farmers who sell a greater portion of their harvests to hospitals, a decrease in harmful pesticide use on farms, and a decrease in an
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