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Oregon HFHC July-Sept 2014 Newsletter

Oregon Healthy Food in Health Care
July-September 2014 Newsletter

HFHC Updates

Celebrate Food Day with Us!

This October 24th, Health Care Without Harm will unite hundreds of health care facilities across the country to celebrate Food Day by serving meat & poultry raised without routine antibiotics.

Did you know that 80% of all antibiotics in the U.S. are sold for use in animal agriculture?  Most are given to otherwise healthy animals to promote faster growth and to compensate for overcrowded living conditions. There is strong consensus from health experts that antibiotic use in animal agriculture undermines the efficacy of these vital drugs for human medicine. Each year, 23,000 Americans die as a result of antibiotic resistant infections.  Resistant infections result in longer, more expensive hospital stays costing the U.S. healthcare sector an estimated $21 to $34 billion annually and resulting in an additional eight million hospital days.

By purchasing meat raised without routine antibiotics, you can be on the forefront of saving antibiotics for human medicine. Antibiotic overuse in animal agriculture can create antibiotic resistant superbugs that threaten human health. We want to celebrate health care’s commitment to building a healthy and sustainable food supply.  

Will you join us? Simply serve at least one meat or poultry item raised without antibiotics you can join hundreds of other health care facilities taking a stand to protect antibiotics for human health. Sign you facility or system up here: https://noharm-uscanada.org/issues/us-canada/celebrate-food-day-us

 Help us tell your story 

Food Day is an opportunity for you to highlight your facility's efforts to serve meat and poultry raised without routine antibiotics. By participating in this Food Day event you will receive a number of resources to help you share your work, including:

  • PDFs of posters and table tents for your cafeteria

  • A press release template to announce your participation

  • Recipes tested and submitted by industry leaders

  • Links to educational webinars, factsheets, and reports on the links between antibiotic overuse in animal agriculture and human medicine

Your participation is national news!

Leading up to Food Day, we will share our collective story through national and regional media outlets, blogs, Twitter chats, and a lot more. And we’ll keep you up-to-date with all of our activities.

Help us showcase the work you’re already doing, or help launch your Healthy Food in Health Care participation by celebrating Food Day October 24th.

 

Food Buyers Alliance Continues

Starting January 2013 the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Multnomah County Office of Sustainability worked together to convene the Institutional Food Buyers Alliance (IFBA). The purpose of the IFBA is to bring large food purchasers together to support the health of our community, the local food economy and create jobs by increasing and promoting the purchase of regional and sustainable food. Specifically the IFBA works to make this type of purchasing easier by:

  • Developing shared and consistent procurement language
  • Leveraging purchasing power to drive the market to develop more supply
  • Sharing best practices, challenges and successes for regional and sustainable food purchasing
  • Networking with other buyers, suppliers and producers to identify future purchasing opportunities


This fall co-convening of the IFBA will shift from Multnomah County to Ecotrust and have a formal name change to the Northwest Food Buyers Alliance. For nearly two years ten members of the Alliance have participated in an Oregon grown purchasing project. Results from the initial implementation of that project will be available this fall and with a grant from the Oregon Department of Agriculture the Alliance can continue to focus work in this area.

To learn more about past Alliance meetings and events visit: http://www.multnomahfood.org/institutionalfood. For information on future meetings and participation contact: emma@oregonpsr.org.


Transitions in the Oregon Healthy Food Program

On August 21st and after six years of dedicated service to Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Gretchen Miller stepped down as the Healthy Food Program Coordinator. All activities currently running under the Healthy Food Program will continue under the guidance of Emma Sirois, Program Director. You can now direct all Healthy Food in Health Care and Northwest Food Buyers Alliance communications to Emma at: emma@oregonpsr.org or 503.780.9859.  

Articles

Consumers are demanding antibiotic-free meat, and Big Food is starting to listen. Chickens and other livestock grown without the use of antibiotics are a small but growing part of the US food market. But most of the drugs used in the US are still given to animals, and health advocates say much more needs to be done to reduce the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Potato giant finds fewer pesticides please consumers, neighbors, bottom line. Helicopters once buzzed across R.D Offutt's massive potato farms here, spraying fungicide about every five days. It's how the potato industry did business, but not anymore. It now employs automated weather stations and a sophisticated computer program to predict disease risk.

California drought transforms global food market. Crop switching is one sign of a sweeping transformation going on in California — the nation’s biggest agricultural state by value — driven by a three-year drought that climate scientists say is a glimpse of a drier future. The result will affect everything from the price of milk in China to the source of cherries eaten by Americans.

Upcoming Events

September:
9th - Friends of Family Farmers InFARMation – 5:30PM-8:30PM (Portland, Oregon – Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison)

October:
14th - Friends of Family Farmers InFARMation – 5:30PM-8:30PM (Portland, Oregon – Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison)
16th – Northwest Food Buyers Alliance meeting – 9:30-11:30AM (Portland, Oregon – Food Innovation Center, 1207 NW Naito Pkwy.)