Hospital food is almost as much of a joke as airplane food, but somehow the trays of bland, dense, highly-processed food and mystery meat are so much more insulting in a hospital setting. One would think that a place of healing would showcase fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources.
Think again! You’re more likely to find loads of white bread, jello, and Salisbury steak. Of course all the highly-processed, meat-heavy meals aren’t great for the environment either, and this is where the San Francisco Physicians for Social Responsibility, working with the Canadian Health Care Without Harm, saw an opportunity to make a difference with their Balanced Menus program.
The program works with hospitals to increase the amount of plant-based protein in the menus relative to meat. As PB&J Campaigners know, eating more plant-based meals saves water, cuts pollution, conserves land, and fights global warming, and the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health just came out with a report covering the positive impact of the program.