01 Jul '11, 3pm

Toronto’s Push-Pull on Local Food

Toronto’s Push-Pull on Local Food

We’ve learned a lot in the past decade about the links between food and health, but public policy is slow to catch on. So the news that a hospital in Toronto is committed to buying local food and serving gourmet fare is worth celebrating. Scarborough Hospital has hired chef Joshna Maharaj to lift their food from the the usual bland fare to something that will improve patient health. Most Canadian hospitals have jettisoned in-house cooking and even, in many cases, their kitchens, in the interests of economy. Along with convenience and low cost has come decreased quality and increased patient dissatisfaction. Maharaj hopes to turn that around. She’s quoted in the Globe and Mail as saying, “Food needs a champion. It needs someone to fight for it. What you eat directly impacts your health and recuperation.” What makes the year-long experiment possible is a $191,000 grant to Sc...

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