(CNN)People eating out at California restaurants may start to see an optional 1% surcharge added to their bill. The money will go to a public fund that helps farmers who use practices that reduce carbon in the atmosphere. To participate in the Restore California Renewable Restaurant program, eateries can choose to add a 1% fee to every diner’s check. It would still be optional for customers, but if all diners at a certain eatery pay it, the haul would be more than enough to make the establishment carbon neutral, Anthony Myint, an organizer of the initiative, told CNN. For years, Myint has had success in the culinary world, stemming from his restaurant, Mission Chinese Food. The restaurant has locations in New York and San Francisco and has garnered awards, and in 2013 was named to Bon Appetit’s list of the "20 Most Important Restaurants in America." The San Francisco branch is in the city’s Mission district and carried a social mission as well, donating 75 cents from every meal to a local food bank. After Myint’s daughter was born seven years ago, life changed. Concerned about her future, he said he and his wife thought deeply about how to […]


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