Agrobiodiversity Accelerator


Caryl Levine

Co-founder/Co- CEO

Lotus Foods

Agrobiodiversity Accelerator

Lotus Foods is one of the most innovative organic and fair trade specialty rice brands in the country, pioneering the preservation of rice biodiversity and more ecological methods of rice production that save water, reduce greenhouse gasses and minimize work for women. As Co-Founder/Co-CEO, Caryl leads Lotus Foods’ strategic mission and vision to change how rice is grown around the world.

Over its 25 year history, Lotus Foods has received many awards, most notable: the 2011 Biodiversity Award for Leadership from the Union for Ethical Bio Trade; the 2014 Specialty Foods Leadership Award for Vision and the 2017 Leadership Award for Citizenship; Whole Foods Market 2018 Supplier of the Year Award for Environmental Stewardship; the first Climate Collaborative Award for Outstanding Value Chain Engagement, as well as runner up in the first Sustainable Foods Award for Sustainability Pioneer. Caryl holds a MPA in Public Administration from the University of Hartford.