Zero Foodprint


Mobilizing the Food World Around Climate Solutions

Project Facts

United States, Denmark, Hong Kong SAR China

Project Volume
100.000-500.000 EUR

Applied Financing Solutions
Grants, Crowdfunding, Public-Private Partnership, Carbon Market

Project Dates
Start: 2015
In operation since/from: 2020

The Story

Zero Foodprint (ZFP) is a nonprofit organization connecting the food world with agricultural climate solutions. ZFP member businesses crowd-fund grants for farmers to implement practices with the highest modeled carbon sequestration. By aggregating just a few cents from individual food menus, ZFP is creating a model that can initiate a transformative shift from an extractive food system to a regenerative one. ZFP is led by Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint, whose experience as award-winning restaurateurs has been crucial to mobilizing the restaurant community around climate. It has 52 member restaurants located throughout the U.S. and across the globe, including noma, Chez Panisse, Atelier Crenn, and, of course, all three Mission Chinese Food locations. Participating restaurants can sign up for the Carbon Neutral process, Restore California, or both.

Success Factor | Hero Moment

Learning about regenerative agriculture, also known as carbon farming, reoriented Zero Foodprint from harm reduction to healing the climate by restoring healthy soil. Rather than focusing on minimizing the negative impacts of food businesses, therefore, Zero Foodprint now creates mechanisms to maximize the positive climate effects that are achievable through regenerative agriculture. This effort requires collective action and collaboration among farmers, chefs, and eaters around the world.

Zero Foodprint, US, United States

Other Involved Stakeholders
Zero Foodprint Nordic, Zero Foodprint DE, Zero Foodprint Asia

Contact Mail


Non-profit, Agriculture, Carbon Farming

Terminated Emissions
6.500 tons CO2e per year

Comparable to the annual CO2 absorption of
52.000 trees