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Rice field

Catalyzing a rice-roots revolution

Q&A with Lotus Foods founders Caryl Levine and Ken Lee

Rice, the world’s most valuable crop, is second only to wheat in acreage planted and second only to corn in yield. It’s a supply chain that starts with some 250 million farms, mostly small, family operations. Yet conventional rice, grown in flooded paddies, depends on significantly more water than any other crop. Over the last 30 years, a new method of growing rice has emerged. Known as System of Rice Intensification, the method reduces water inputs by half, eliminates chemical

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