Andrew Lefkowitz, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Solon-based Locus Fermentation Solutions, was given one of eight Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of Year awards for the East Central region on June 17.
Neat green rows of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables rise in a small corner of Rainbow Farms. Some may see the makings of a great salad here. Others see the makings of a better world, a response to the problems of greenhouse gases and global warming. This half-acre plot is a field trial for Rhizolizer, a combination of fermented microbes of fungus and bacteria that has been added to the soil.
Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report stressing the importance of land management in the ongoing battle to fight climate change. Through deforestation, general human activities, and agriculture, 70% of the Earth’s land surface has been altered, it states, adding to climate-warming emissions and making it more difficult for forests and other ecosystems to store greenhouse gases.