Our Goals

At Cambria Soup Company, we want you and all living beings on this planet to feel better, live longer and have some good food while your at it.

Basically…  we think outside the can.

We keep it simple.  We believe in food and life and see the quality of both comes from being local, sustainable and clean.

 

Local

What does LOCAL mean to us?

We are working in a collaborative effort to build a more locally based and self-reliant consumer food system.    We want to be able to see our food be born and thank those who make it.  Thankfully we are in the Central Coast where we are able to acquire the vast majority of our products within 225 miles.   Call us locavores, call us picky, or call us plain crazy, but we can’t deny the awesome benefits of a local food system:

Local Foods Are Fresher, Healthier & Tastier

  • Local food is fresher and we think tastes better than food that has been trucked or flown in from thousands of miles away.   Fresher food means it lasts longer too!  Since we don’t like preservatives, being local is really important for us to be able to offer the highest quality food possible.
  • Produce starts losing their nutrients as soon as they are picked, so the less time that passes between farm and table, the fewer nutrients fresh produce will lose.
  • Local food systems is known to increase the availability of healthy food items in a community and encourage consumers to make healthier food choices.  That’s our goal too.
  • Eating locally means eating seasonally.  Only grown when they naturally grown.  Only eaten when they are naturally meant to be eaten.
  • The crops are picked at their peak freshness, and farm-made products, such as cheeses and jams, are hand-crafted for the best flavor.

Local Foods Usually Have Less Environmental Impact

  • A typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table.  That leads to a big carbon footprint for a little bunch of yum.  The farther food travels, the more energy and gasoline must be used to get the food to your plate.  Buying local will save energy costs and valuable non-renewable resources.
  • We have built our own internal systems around being sustainable, so sourcing local ingredients becomes just one part of that system.  We look for farmers who follow organic and sustainable growing practices as well as energy use to minimize the supply chain’s environmental impact, even further.
  • By buying foods grown and raised closer to where you live, we are helping to maintain local farmland and green space in the area.
  • While conventional farming practices mono-cropping with limited plant varieties, we try and work with smaller local farms who grow many different varieties and rotate their crops to provide a long harvest season and to keep their soil healthy.

Local Foods Promote Food Safety

  • The fewer steps our food has to take to reach your mouth the less chance there is of contamination.   Who wants to get sick?!?
  • When we know where our food comes from and who grows it, we know a lot more about the processes that create the food and how it is brought to us, from start to finish.

Local Foods Support Our Local Community and Economy

  • Money spent with local farmers, growers, artisans and locally-owned purveyors all stay close to our home.  We are working to build our local economy instead of being sent over to a larger corporation in another city, state, or even country.
  • 2% of farms produce 50% of all agricultural products in the country.  We’re trying to spread that out a little bit more.
  • Even if we are unable to source locally due to regional inadequacies, we always choose fair-trade products to ensure that every worker, no matter what country they are from, are paid a fair & living wage.
  • Knowing where where our food comes from connects us to the people who raise and grow it. Instead of having a single relationship to a big distributor, we try and develop smaller connections to a wider selection of food sources, that we hand choose.

Eating locally connects us to a larger world, right in our backyard.  Locally born, locally raised, locally eaten.

 

Sustainable

Beyond food, our next love is for our Mama Earth and those who live on it.  We are on this planet only for a moment, but we know we can make an everlasting impact now for the future species of the planet we love .

We make every effort on a daily basis to reduce our environmental footprint and treat the species on this planet with the respect they deserve, by contributing and participating in the acts of sustainability, recycling, composting, re-using, fair-trade, humanity to animals, as well as our own economic goals.

“Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of  future generations to meet their own needs.” – Environmental Protection Agency.

What does SUSTAINABILITY mean to us…

Creating a healthy product for consumers

  • Creating the food we love is a no brainer for us and using ingredients that won’t harm you or the environment it came from; that’s even more of a no brainer.
  • Conventional agriculture relies heavily on pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, which, used improperly, threaten both human and environmental health.
    • Studies calculated US public health costs of pesticide use at about $1.1 billion per year.
  • Even though there has been limited long‐term testing of GMOs, there are already precautionary concerns being raised for potential human health and environmental impacts.
  • Diet is closely linked with the increasing incidence of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other preventable causes of sickness and death.  We are passionately fighting those issues with our food.

To not harm the environment

  • From composting, to recycling, to re-using, we aspire every-day to create as little waste as possible.  We offer all compostable diningware, create tight-knit controls on food waste, and compost or recycle almost everything that we use and that you don’t keep.  We have no trash can.w
  • We know how damaging food production can be, so we strive to work with our suppliers who focus on counter-actions against:
    • Agriculture represents 84% of freshwater used in the US.  Agriculture has been the declared the leading source of ground and surface water contamination.
    • Agriculture is a known source of nitrogen from soil degradation, methane from animal waste, ozone‐depleting chemicals, carbon dioxide from farm equipment and transportation, and additional energy used for food processing, packaging and refrigeration.
    • Worldwide agriculture and land-use change are estimated to cause about one third of global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions, whereas in the United States, agriculture contributes an estimated 8% of greenhouse gas emissions.

To respect workers and provide fair wages to all parties

  • For many conventional products the price is unfairly low which means that many farmers are having a hard time meeting their personal needs, but still provide an excellent product.  Fairtrade goods change this allowing commercial buyers to pay fair prices for bulk goods giving the farmers a just payment for their product.
    • The most commonly affected products include: coffee, cotton, hemp, exotic fruits, shea butter and palm oil.
  • Agriculture and food processing are among the most difficult, most dangerous, and lowest paid occupations in the US.
  • Human Rights Watch stated that there are “systematic human rights violations embedded in meat and poultry processing employment.”
    • These violations include a failure to use known injury and illness prevention methods, denial of workers’ compensation claims, interference with unionizing, and mistreatment of immigrants.

To be respectful and humane to animals

  • We eat them, why not be nice to them??
  • Improper confinement and handling of animals can cause stress, pain, injuries and chronic disease, all contributing to animal mortality and just a bad life all together.
  • 40% of all US animals are raised on 2% of livestock facilities.  We want to spread this out a bit more.
  • Seventy-five percent of the world’s fish stocks are fully exploited, overexploited, or depleted and a recent study projects 90% depletion of all fisheries by midcentury should current fishing practices continue unchecked.
  • Aquaculture presents an opportunity to supplement wild fisheries, but some types of aquaculture can have serious ecological impacts.
    • Many aquaculture operations pose issues similar to industrial meat production facilities, including high stocking densities, use of antibiotics and parasiticides, and waste discharge into the surrounding environment.
    • Feed for predatory fish such as salmon uses large amounts of fishmeal made from wild caught fish.
    • Approximately 2 to 5 pounds of wild fish are needed to produce 1 pound of predatory farmed fish, leading to a net loss from the ocean.

To benefit our economic goals

  • Seventy-two percent of firms with sustainable practices have improved energy efficiency in their global operations, 69 percent have reduced costly packaging waste and 67 percent have cut their greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions.
    • These measures have led to significant reductions in energy costs, more efficient use of resources and improved relationships with customers and suppliers.  It’s win-win for everyone!

 

Clean

Eating CLEAN to us is the practice of eating whole, natural, organic, chemical & pesticide free foods that leave your body as pure as it was before you ate the food.  Maybe even improving it!

We strive to work with as many suppliers as we can that practice certified organic production methods.  If they can’t be certified organic (we know it can be an expensive process), we choose those who believe and practice these ideals as much they can and just plain care about the food they make.  We don’t use any ingredient (or an ingredient of an ingredient) that we can’t pronounce and simply provide you the best, most awesomly, naturally, wonderful food we can find… why?

 It’s Good for You

A March 2008 review of more than 100 studies in the scientific literature, conducted by “The Organic Center, confirmed the “nutritional superiority of plant-based organic foods.” The review concluded that organic foods were nutritionally superior in 145 matched pairs, or in 61% of the cases, while conventional foods were more nutrient dense in 87 matched pairs, or 37%. There were no differences in 2% of the matched pairs. Further, the organic samples contained higher concentrations of important polyphenols and antioxidants in about three-quarters of the 59 matched pairs representing those four phytonutrients.

 It’s Good for the Environment

Genetically engineered herbicide-resistant crops have led to a 122-million pound increase in pesticide use.

Small-scale, organic farming operations have been shown to use 60% less fossil fuel per unit of food than conventional industrial farms.

It’s Good for the Animals

In conventional farming, hormones and non‐therapeutic antibiotics are often used to promote animal growth and productivity.  These treatments have been known to result in antibiotic resistant bacteria and other human health concerns.

More than 70% of all US antibiotics are estimated to be fed to hogs, poultry, and beef cattle for such nontherapeutic reasons

The European Union recently phased out all routine use of antibiotics as animal feed additives.

 

Mission Statements

We are in the business of providing wholesome comfort food at it’s highest quality. We offer local, sustainable and clean soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream, homemade items and beverages at an affordable price with maximum resource efficiency. While providing nutritious, wholesome and clean food to our local community, we strive to also bring positive improvement to the community while pursuing our own social, nutritional, economic, and environmental goals.

Social Mission:

We believe in operating as a transparent company committed to helping the livelihood, knowledge base and overall quality of our local community, as well as the general public. We aspire to educate, participate and improve every life we connect to with quality food, service, knowledge and heart.

Product Mission:

We take our time nurturing the food we make because we believe that extra care and thought is part of the fundamentals to a quality lifestyle. We work with farmers & suppliers who nurture the natural growth of their food to guarantee the most wholesome ingredients to our customers, right from the start.

We feel we can’t beat Mother Nature’s infinite wisdom, so we start our food by finding wholesome, natural, sustainable and local ingredients. We source organic whenever possible, prefer grass fed & pasture raised meats, work with suppliers close to home and don’t allow hormones, pesticides or anything we can’t pronounce into our doors.

Environmental Mission:

We believe in taking immediate accountability for the environmental impacts we make on the world that we share with our fellow species and future generations. We make every effort to reduce our environmental footprint, by contributing to the acts of sustainability, recycling, composting and re-using. Our goal is to ultimately eliminate our waste entirely.

We only source from vendors who practice our same ideals of respecting the Earth, the environment and all those who live on it. We will lead by example, educate ourselves, as well as those around us and initiate action towards environmental improvement efforts that sustain the world we love.

Economic Mission:

It is in our full effort to maintain and reinvest into the philosophies we live by through the development of strategies that encourage business growth while reducing cost & waste and there-by creating independent and sustainable profitable growth.

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