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Miller-McCune: Healthier Hospital Food-For Us and the Earth
January 5, 2011, 1:25 pm
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Healthier Hospital Food — For Us and the Earth
Hospitals can play an unexpected roll in the sustainable food movement.
By Christopher Danzig

Lucia Sayre is not a doctor, although she helms the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Before taking that post as the group’s co-director and only full-time employee, Sayre lived and worked on the Arizona-Mexico border. For two decades, she was involved in community development, and she met many fourth- and fifth-generation farmers with “food in their blood.” But when they came to the United States, there was no local agriculture available to these people.

“I got really interested in the food system and how unhealthy it is in this country,” Sayre says.

For the last six years, the 49-year-old has turned her activist’s eye and experience toward a unique nexus of environmentalism and food work: hospitals.

While the sustainable, local and organic food craze may be old news to many, Sayre has helped the local health care industry get on the bandwagon.

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