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GREAT CHEFS AND RESTAURANTS CAN GO BEYOND good SOURCING by teaming up to create a renewable food system.

WE’re closing the economic loop to create a virtuous cycle that will

RESTORE CALIFORNIA

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nutrition & Flavor

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Soil Carbon & Water Holding

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Underground Ecosystems

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Climate Resilence

A mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet’s soils could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere.
— – Dr. Rattan Lal, Ohio State Soil Scientist
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WHAT you eat is less important than

HOW it is produced

CAlifornia leads the nation in organic farming,

yet less than 3% of the state’s farmland is organic after 45 years of certification.

We can do better.

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Renewable

minimal soil disturbance

cover-cropping

crop rotation/polyculture

adding compost or grazing

perennial crops/trees/hedgerows

A truly sustainable future

requires a RENEWABLE food system

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Non-Renewable

heavy plowing

bare ground

monoculture

chemical fertilizer

no biodiversity

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how it works: directly funding the shift to healthier soil

participating restaurants add a 1% charge that goes into california’s healthy soil carbon fund, and pays farmers $10/ton of carbon removed from the atmosphere to help them transition to renewable farming practices.

this allows all restaurants to go beyond sourcing well “when possible” and to directly improve the food system.

Restaurants do their part to counteract climate change while connecting with CONSUMERS AND INSTITUTIONS that prioritize the planet. Restore CAlifornia closes THE ECONOMIC LOOP between producers and consumers, CREATING A RENEWABLE FOOD SYSTEM.


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images courtesy of center for food safety, deep green sea, patrick riggs and diana donlon