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New York State Assembly has passed a ‘landmark’ bill that would guarantee plant-based meal options in all NY hospitals.

The bill, which will now move to the New York State Senate, requires hospitals in the state to offer patients plant-based options for every meal, and for them to be featured in all written materials and menus.

Fighting disease

The Physicians Committee, a non-profit organization with around 12,000 doctor members, ‘applauds’ the recent passing of the bill.

Susan Levin, the director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said: “Thanks to New York State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried for bringing New York a step closer to ensuring that hospital patients have access to healthy, plant-based meals that will help them fight heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.”

Financial benefits

Non-profit organization, Food Forward, promotes hospitals providing plant-based options, instead of meals containing animal products, and suggest the transition will financially benefit them.

St. Joseph Health System in Sonoma County, California, where a similar bill was passed last year, said: “Vegetarian entrées cost about 50 percent less than meat entrées,” reportedly saving an estimated $5,000 a year by increasing its meat-free meals.

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.