I thought this food campaign might be of interest to Slow Food members, especially since health care facilities may be an overlooked market for local farmers:
As places of healing, hospitals have a natural incentive to provide food that’s healthy for people and the environment in which we live. Food supply can be met in a variety of ways which have consequences in terms of nutrition, disease risk, public health, environmental health, social and economic well being. These are linked in complex ways. From the way food is grown, to the way it’s packaged, shipped, consumed and discarded, hospitals' food purchasing decisions can play an important role, both directly and indirectly, in our ecological health.
Health Care Without Harm is working with hospitals to adopt food procurement policies that:
•provide nutritionally improved food for patients, staff, visitors, and the general public, and
•create food systems which are ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible.
For more information including steps you can take to help your health care facility sign on, please visit http://www.noharm.org/us/food/issue