United States, Denmark, Hong Kong SAR China
Applied Financing Solutions
Grants, Crowdfunding, Public-Private Partnership, Carbon Market
In operation since/from: 2020
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