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University of CA, San Francisco’s Sustainability Task Force Passes Resolution Calling for an End to Purchasing of Meat and Poultry Raised With Non-Therapeutic Antibiotics
Date:5/10/2013

” said Gary Cohen, President of Health Care Without Harm. "Hospitals have both the mission-critical rationale and the economic clout to transform the animal supply chain to become more environmentally sustainable and healthier for everyone." Health Care Without Harm currently works with over 93 hospitals across the country that are reducing the amount of meat they serve in their facilities, and/or are procuring more sustainable meat.

With the finalization of UCSF’s resolution, the University’s Nutrition and Food Services, which prepares and serves over 650,000 meals per year to patients, staff and the community, is searching for more affordable, sustainably-grown meat products. According to Jack Henderson, Associate Director of Nutrition and Food Services at UCSF, who provided input on the UCSF resolution. “At UCSF Medical Center, we are taking a two-pronged approach. First, we have reduced the amount of red meat being served overall; and secondly, we are now actively pursuing a source of beef that is grass-fed, raised without non-therapeutic antibiotics and still fits within our budget. It is a complex manoeuver involving the producer and our distributor but we believe it is a positive move. It is the right thing to do for our patients, our staff and our visitors.”

However, many challenges, including cost and distribution, have to be addressed before UCSF can ensure that 100 percent of its meat is raised without non-therapeutic antibiotics. UCSF’s Nutrition and Food Services and Health Care Without Harm are planning a Fall event with meat producers, distributors, and hospitals to discuss these and related issues.

For more information about how health care facilities and professionals are addressing the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, please join us for two webinars on May 16 and 22, sponsored by Health Care Without Harm and the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming. The webinar on May 16 will feature a p
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