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RESTORE CALIFORNIA

is a collaborative effort of restaurants, farmers, and diners coming together to create a renewable food system rooted in healthy soil. We recognize the culinary, environmental, nutritional, and economic value of healthy soil and believe that a truly sustainable future requires a renewable food system.

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Renewable

minimal soil disturbance

cover-cropping

crop rotation/polyculture

adding compost or grazing

perennial crops/trees/hedgerows

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Non-Renewable

heavy plowing

bare ground

monoculture

chemical fertilizer

no biodiversity

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 WAS PRODUCED

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HOW RESTORE CALIFORNIA WORKS: directly funding the shift to healthier soil

participating restaurants add a VOLUNTARY 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.

Restaurants and food service programs can also participate by being carbon neutral through zero foodprint. This allows all restaurants to go beyond sourcing well “when possible” and to directly improve the food system.

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Climate Resilence

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Soil Carbon & Water Holding

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nutrition & Flavor

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Underground Ecosystems

Restore CAlifornia closes THE ECONOMIC LOOP between producers and consumers, CREATING A RENEWABLE FOOD SYSTEM.


for more information please email: restore@perennialfarming.org
click here for more information on the healthy soils program


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