Not only is a stay in the hospital stressful, hospital food has a notorious reputation for being tasteless and of poor nutritional quality. That may be changing, however. A new agreement will give more than 2,000 hospitals in the country access to organically grown foods. The contract between MedAssets -- a leading purchaser for the health care industry -- and United Natural Food Incorporated -- a large wholesale distributor of natural and organic foods -- is the first between a major health care buyer and an organic food distributor. It reflects the growing understanding of the benefits of serving nutritious, fresh, organic foods in institutions such as hospitals.
The steps taken so far include purchasing milk produced without bovine growth hormone and poultry and meat produced without antibiotics; supporting local communities by hosting farmers? markets and sourcing local produce; and serving fair trade coffee, organic produce, and locally grown foods.
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