Gov. Jerry Brown Makes Plant-Based Meals the Law in California Hospitals | Business Wire

SACRAMENTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine—a nonprofit with

12,000 doctor members—applauds California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing

into law a

landmark bill that guarantees patients a healthful plant-based

option at every meal. Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) authored Senate

Bill 1138, which was co-sponsored by the Physicians Committee for

Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation.

“Whether to protect animals, our climate or our health, those of us who

choose to eat a vegan diet can celebrate today with Gov. Brown’s signing

of SB 1138,” says Sen. Skinner. “SB 1138 ensures that people in

hospitals, healthcare facilities. Prison have access to plant-based


SB 1138 will require licensed California health care facilities and

state prisons to make available plant-based meal options containing no

animal products or by-products, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy.


“Thanks to Sen. Nancy Skinner and Gov. Jerry Brown for passing this

historic law that'll provide plant-based options to hospital patients

looking to fight heart disease, diabetes. Obesity—or who simply want

a more healthful meal,” says Physicians Committee president Neal

Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C. “Now, it’s time for California hospitals to

start putting into practice the plant-based meals recommended by the

American Medical Association and the American College of Cardiology.”

In June 2017, the American Medical Association passed a Healthy

Food Options in Hospitals resolution that calls on U.S. hospitals to

improve the health of patients, staff. Visitors by providing

plant-based meals. The American College of Cardiology made the same

recommendation in Planting

a Seed: Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals.

The Physicians Committee’s Healthy

Food in Health Care web page provides quantity plant-based recipes,

tips for implementing plant-based meals. Case studies of hospitals

championing healthy food.


Joseph Health System in Sonoma County, Calif., reports, “Vegetarian

entrées cost about 50 percent less than meat entrées.” The hospital

projects saving $5,000 a year by serving more meat-free meals.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is

a nonprofit health organization of 12, 000 physicians who promote preventive

medicine, conduct clinical research. Encourages higher standards for

ethics and effectiveness in research.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Jeanne McVey, 202-527-7316
[email protected]