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The Nature Conservancy is asking foodies in New Jersey to nominate their favorite green restaurants for Nature’s Plate, a contest to name the people’s choice for our state’s top eco-friendly dining establishment.  Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat-eater, it’s a good bet the healthiest and tastiest food on your table came from nature. From the oysters growing out in the Delaware Bayshores to the tomatoes soaking up the sun at the farm down the road, healthy food demands a healthy planet. And our planet is nurtured when food production is sustainable.

That’s why The Nature Conservancy is working with food producers everywhere and bringing together traditionally unexpected partners in the name of healthy food and a healthy environment, finding solutions that are good for their businesses, for consumers and for nature.

While the contest is focused on restaurants, it’s only the start of a conversation about food, conservation and The Nature Conservancy’s work with farmers, fishermen and ranchers.  To participate, visit www.nature.org/naturesplateNJ, where you can learn more about what makes a restaurant green and nominate your favorite New Jersey eatery that fits the bill.

The winning restaurant will be promoted to Nature Conservancy members throughout the state and nation, and will receive an award plaque, public relations support and more. And one lucky voter in the finalist round will be picked at random to receive a $100 gift certificate to the winning restaurant.

Nominations open from September 3-16, semifinal voting will begin October 1, and the winner(s) will be announced October 17.

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