Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletDecember 15, 2017

Earth Concerns News

Provincial House Food Service Supports Sustainability by Sister Clare Pelkey, CSJ


Recently, Flik Senior Living Service at the Provincial House provided information about its core values in providing nourishing food for the recipients of its services. The following is a summary of the information that was recently shared with the Home/Land Committee. It is used with permission.

Flik is committed to sustainability and wellness. Three of these areas of commitment are the following:

Buying Local Products to Support Family Farms
Supporting the preservation of the American family farm, reducing the carbon footprint of our supply chain and giving back to the local communities are central to our core values. Our Buy Local Program supports a variety of environmental and socio-economic issues including the following: the preservation of the American farm, agricultural landscape, open space and wildlife habitat; the economic viability and food security of communities through creating wealth regionally; the protection of a biodiverse food system; the encouragement of sustainable farming methods; the reduction of our carbon footprint. (Local foods travel an average of 45 miles before arriving at the table, compared with the average of 1,500 miles for foods that are transported in from other areas!)

Serving Seafood that Comes from Sustainable Sources
A purchasing policy, established in 2006, removed unsustainable, wild and farmed seafood from our menus and replaced Atlantic cod with the more environmentally sound Pacific Cod, pollock and other alternatives. Also, the company has eliminated other “Avoid” species from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch List. Seafood Watch is a program designed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable fisheries by recommending which seafood to buy or avoid. (The program has a Seafood Watch card that may be downloaded from its website in small quantities of100 cards or fewer at no charge: www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp.) 

Fish farming, also known as aquaculture, may be done responsibly in marine or fresh water, but not all fish farms are created equal. Flik serves wild salmon whenever possible and is working closely with environmental groups and the salmon and shrimp aquaculture industry to address both environmental issues and health concerns.

Providing Fresh Yogurt and Mily That Is Free of Artificial Growth Hormones
“Science and experience have shown clearly that the use of artificial bovine-growth hormones in dairy cows is detrimental to the well-being of the animal ... and may also be harmful to human health. Therefore, we serve only fresh-fluid milk and fresh yogurt from cows that have been certified to be free from the artificial growth homones, rBGH/rBST.” While the bovine-growth hormone occurs naturally in dairy cows and is present in all raw milk, rGBH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) is a genetically engineered animal drug which is injected into cows to increase milk production. While the FDA approved rBGH in 1993, they also advised that residue levels of these hormones in food have not been demonstrated to be safe. The hormone is not approved for use in most industrial nations, including Canada, Japan and all 25 nations of the European Union. A label on the bottles of Crowley Dairy milk, provided for consumption at the PH, states that the milk is free from rBGH.