VEGGIE FOOD FOR HOSPITALS
I may be way off beam on this, but wouldn't
it make sense to make all hospital food vegetarian?
This is likely to reduce costs of ingredients
and equipment, and massively reduce the problems of
storage and preparation. Vegetarian/vegan food is more
broadly accepted across cultural/religious groups.
It appears easier to present a healthy vegetarian
diet than a healthy meat-based one. I understand
that the average length of stay in hospital is a few
days, so presumably even the most hardened carnivore
would cope. And the benefits for the environment
of a big area of catering abandoning meat are clear:
reduced carbon footprint (massive reduction for fully
vegan), reduced water use, reduced environmental
impact, reduced antibiotic overuse etc,
not to mention reduced animal slaughter.
A summer menu based around bean and grain salads, and
a winter menu based on bean and root veg stews would
be broadly acceptable, I'd imagine. The vegan and
vegetarian societies are, I believe, happy to offer
advice on healthy catering.
Why the contribution is important
Cost saving, health benefits and good for the environment.
by user515911 on December 11, 2013 at 09:56AM