Farm to Hospital Bed with Healing Foods

In some cultures, food is known for its healing properties. In modern culture, the SAD (Standard American Diet) has unfortunately made it too easy to skip the healthy and nutritious food choices and go for the easy processed foods. This has become the staple of the modern American institutional diet (i.e. schools, prisons, hospitals). One hospital in Wisconsin has decided to go against the grain and feed their patients locally grown food that it inherently nutritious. In the video below, Takara explains why the hospital chooses to feed their patients with healing foods, and the cost-benefit assessment that is associated with their decision. 

Healing Foods are Modern Medicine

Hospitals across the country are planting organic gardens and establishing partnerships with nearby organic farms to bring their produce into the hospital kitchens. In her article “Farm to Hospital; On-site Farms Grow Organics for Patients” Author Judith Furtig writes; “In a paradigm shift, hospitals are realizing the value of producing fresh, local, organic food for their patients,” says Mark Smallwood, executive director of the nonprofit Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. It recently partnered with St. Luke’s University Hospital, in nearby Bethlehem, to help support operations of the hospital’s 10-acre organic farm that yields 30 varieties of vegetables and fruits served in hospital meals to support patient recovery. New mothers are sent home with baskets of fresh produce to help instill healthy eating habits.

There are many foods that are considered “healing foods” following are some, but not limited to;

  • Fresh, green vegetables. …
  • Organic protein. …
  • Extra-virgin cold-pressed, organic oils. …
  • Seeds: Sesame, sunflower, chia, pumpkin seeds… …
  • Honey (or unrefined sugar substitute). …
  • Lemons. …
  • Sea salt. …
  • Fresh Herbs.