Look at the natural resource news, antibiotic overuse, manure runoff, climate change, factory farm cruelty, heart disease and cancer spikes from meat-heavy diets. Something has to be done.
So institutional food services at jails and hospitals are good places to start. Taxpayers pay for these places to be running, we should be supporting healthy farming practices, not just artificially cheap meat.
The meat served in these environments is cheap and not particularly health-promoting. And when it’s being served 4 times a day to the Mentally ill (who can be overweight) trapped in psych wards, that’s a cruddy deal for animals and the environment, a place where we could be conserving resources to a great extent and with urgency!
Go to your Local Mental Health Services Board or other Public Health Meeting. Each county has a Mental Health Board or Health Agecy that may have public meetings. Look up the one in your metro area. These groups should be concerned for several reasons:
1) Healthy Balanced fat intake affirms mental health, and adequate omega-3s are essential to recovery. When patients have so much meat, it could throw off this balance.
2) Vegetables and colorful foods have freshness and healthy nutrients making it “feel good food”
3) vegan meals have cleaner fats and heart healthy fiber that nurtures healthy habits.
4) it’s worth it to make a dent for resource conservation, emissions reductions, and water quality. The Pharma drugs in the water is an issue