by Hannah Sentenac
Google’s famous “free food” policy for its employees is admired by many a worker bee worldwide. The company’s 50,000+ staffers can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner from various cafés—plus endless snacks and coffee—all while at work.
In keeping with its notably progressive culture, the internet giant is putting an increased emphasis on plant-based menu items throughout its food operations.
According to ComputerWorld.com, the company launched the initiative about a year-and-a-half ago in cooperation with Menus of Change, a sustainable food program from the Culinary Institute of America and Harvard’s School of Public Health.
Originally launched at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, it’s been implemented around the world. As far as numbers, the company has more than 70 restaurants that serve a whopping 75,000+ people.
“A more balanced, plant-centric diet is good for the environment and is good for your health,” Michiel Bakker, director of the Global Food Program at Google, told ComputerWorld.com at last weekend’s Bite SV conference in California. “So if we can move more people to eat less meat and to enjoy more vegetables, the rest will follow.”
The company isn’t going vegan, but it is gradually introducing more plant-based foods, educating its chefs on new methods of food prep, and looking to international cuisines to inspire its choices, the article reported. (Click here to read the full story from ComputerWorld.com.)
A Serious Eats story from last year about lunch at the Googleplex highlighted a lot of plant-based dishes, including many Indian-inspired items.
With the influence and reach that Google possesses, this is nothing but good news.