Standing amid a rice paddy in China in 1993, Caryl Levine and Ken Lee realized their mission. For days, the couple had watched struggling families toil in the fields, growing rare rice varieties that the California entrepreneurs knew were on the verge of extinction. High-yield, government-funded rice farms were taking over the land, and these family farmers were losing their livelihoods. Tormented by the resulting suicides and cultural toll, Levine and Lee founded Lotus Foods to ...

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