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New legislation seeks to ban bacon from hospitals in Oregon

Marty Wilde, Oregon House representative, was recently introduced House bill 2348, Bill aiming to add plant-based meal options to all Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities and prisons, and banning processed meats like bacon, hot dogs and pepperoni from hospitals. Wilde told local media Eugene Weekly that the bill should enable patients and prisoners to make fully plant-based choices that meet their ethical, religious, and health needs. The bill provides that such meals are clearly labeled as “vegetable” and do not incur any additional costs. After some setbacks from critics, Wilde plans to incorporate an amendment to House Bill 2348 to make processed meat available to hospital patients only on request. In 2019, Wilde supported similar legislation, House Bill 3342, but it was rejected by the state Senate.

Plant-based in prisons and hospitals
Other state and city governments have made efforts to reduce the amount of animal products served to patients and inmates in order to provide more nutritious meals. Last August, the San Francisco governing body voted to drastically reduce the number of animal products served in prisons and hospitals across the city. The new law requires city prisons to reduce their purchases of animal products, including meat, dairy products and eggs, by 50 percent by 2024. In public hospitals, the amount of animal products purchased must be reduced by 15 percent by 2023. New York State passed law in 2019 that obliges hospitals to provide plant-based meals and snacks to patients and ensures that hospitals list the vegan options in all written materials and menus.

Nationally, last February, a coalition of nonprofits, namely the Humane Society of the United States, Oldways, the Medical Committee for Responsible Medicine, Harmless Healthcare, and Meatless Monday, began working together to ensure hospital patients receive plant-based meals for the United States Fight diseases like diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

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