Vegan food now a legal right in Californian hospitals and prisons
A new law requires that state institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes and prisons in California must provide a vegan menu option. The move has been welcomed by health and animal welfare campaigners.
It isn’t clear whether the move will save money or not, as studies of the cost of prison food have reached differing conclusions. A previous cost-cutting exercise saw meat removed from the menu in Arizona prisons, but the food was described as “disgusting” and some inmates went on hunger strike (read more here). The removal of meat on that occasion was in addition to cost-cutting measures such as only two meals being served a day and salt and pepper not being available.
North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.