Kaiser Permanente Food Procurement Carbon Footprint

CSE (formerly Ecology and Law Institute) worked with Community Alliance with Family Farmers to develop then analyze the environmental benefits of a local food procurement program for a system of 19 hospitals managed by Kaiser Permanente in northern California. CSE’s analysis demonstrated that modest measures to substitute fruits and vegetables grown by California farmers for foods imported from Mexico, South, and Central America could reduce the carbon footprint associated with foods procured for Kaiser’s hospitals by 20%.