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Healthy Food Program
The way our food is produced, distributed and consumed has significant impacts on the health of the environment, communities and individuals. Unsustainable agricultural practices contribute to air, water and soil pollution, climate change, and a loss of biodiversity. Producing food ideal for shipping long distances rather than immediate consumption may impact the nutrient density of the foods we eat as well as further contribute to environmental and public health degradation from carbon emissions.
Oregon PSR’s Healthy Food Program brings an environmental and public health perspective to mobilizing support for sustainable food production practices and systems. The program recognizes and engages two primary drivers of change: market demand generated by institutional food buyers and health professional advocacy for organizational and public policies that support healthy and sustainable food systems.
To learn more and become involved with Oregon PSR’s Healthy Food Program, please contact Emma Sirois, Healthy Food Program Director, at 503-780-9859
Just as the Hippocratic Oath promises to, "first, do no harm," health care providers have a responsibility to eliminate practices that harm people and the environment. Together with their partners around the world, HCWH shares a Vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment. The mission of Health Care Without Harm is to transform the health care sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment.
Since 1996 HCWH has worked with their partners to implement ecologically sound and healthy alternatives to health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease. The huge scale of the health care sector worldwide means that unhealthy practices — such as poor waste management, use of toxic chemicals, unhealthy food choices and reliance on polluting technologies — have a major negative impact on the health of humans and the environment. The good news is that the health care sector can play a leading role in solving these problems. Due to its massive buying power, and its mission-driven interest in preventing disease, the health care sector can help shift the entire economy toward sustainable, safer products and practices.
Program Funding and Support
The work done by the Healthy Food Program at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility would not be possible without the generous support from our current and past funders and supporting organizations.