A hospital is Pennsylvania is taking its healthcare to a whole new level.
They have apparently taken Hippocrates’ two thousand year old quote seriously,
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
St. Luke’s University Health Network Hospitals, in partnership with the Rodale Institute, have established a true direct farm-to-hospital system to supply patients and the cafeteria with fresh organic food.
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Farmer Lynn, as she in known, helps manage the 5 acre farm that is located on the Anderson Campus at St. Luke’s. She says the farm currently supplies 6 hospitals in their network with plans of expanding into the potential 300 acres available. The farm land was formerly used to grow pesticide intensive “conventional” crops, but that is now changing.
According to Ecowatch,
The hospital administration recognized the impact that providing fresh, local organic produce could have on patient health and approached Rodale Institute to transition the land to organic and farm vegetables to be used in patient meals as well as in the cafeteria.
As we have covered extensively here at Live Free, Live Natural, organic food is indeed medicine. A recent article we posted summarized research conducted by European and American scientists who reviewed 343 scientific studies on organic foods. The results found that organic foods do in fact contain a greater nutritional value as well as much lower levels of pesticide residue. Perhaps the most intriguing finding was that organic foods contain significantly greater levels of antioxidants,
“Antioxidants are nutrients found in food that have tremendous health benefits. These benefits include slowing down the aging process, boosting the immune system, and preventing diseases such as cancer.”
People supporting this cutting edge farm-to-hospital idea in Pennsylvania are hoping that the rest of the country follows suit. According to the Hospital network’s website,
“By providing patients, visitors, and staff members with local grown organic produce, St. Luke’s is showing a commitment to the environment and promoting the health and well-being of our patients and the community. Excess produce will be sold to staff members and the community allowing these individuals to make healthy eating choices in their own homes, contributing to healthier lifestyles. The St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm will allow the network to raise community awareness about the importance of healthy eating and the impact of food choices on overall health and well-being.”
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Original source of the article:Live Free Live Natural