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Financial Post reviews The Earth’s Best Story

The Earth’s Best Story is a complicated tale of sweat, success, naivety, scheming and villainy, recounted by identical twin brothers who founded the first organic baby food company in the United States, only to have it scooped away from them.

The book is fascinating reading: a movie-like entrepreneurial dream realized through stubborn determination and perseverance that ends with a nearly Shakespearean denouement.

The brothers alternate the narrative, beginning with their shared idealism for making the world a better place by developing a nutritious, organic line of food that was safe and healthy for babies.

They are candid about how they started out with next to no skills or connections to draw on to bring their dream to fruition and how they made a series of mistakes that would have derailed nearly anyone else.

The book traces their awkward development into entrepreneurs, the struggle to develop a saleable product that met their ideals and the desperate, never-ending efforts to scrounge up financing. And, how, just when everything seemed poised to pay off for them, it fell apart.

The Kosses’ description of the way some of their investors, and subsequently some of the executives, schemed to oust the brothers from control of the company they created, is gut-wrenching and it’s obvious the wounds are still raw, more than 20 years after the events.

The Earth’s Best brand is now part of a stable of natural-foods controlled by The Hain Celestial Group and the brothers have moved on to other projects. Their memoir is both cautionary and inspirational. Read the original review, “A Cautionary Tale of Idealism vs. Business,” by Laura Ramsey, here. Ron and Arnie Koss are the authors of The Earth’s Best Story: A Bittersweet Tale of Twin Brothers Who Sparked an Organic Revolution.

We are Farmily: Everyday Life on Sole Food Street Farm

Food is the medium. The message is nourishment in its most elemental and spiritual form.That’s how author Michael Ableman sees the role of Sole Food Street Farm and the food it sells to markets, restaurants, and individuals.In the following excerpt from his new book, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier, […] Read More

Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich?To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that you […] Read More

From Farm-to-Table to Farm-to-Everything

No longer restricted to the elite segments of society, the farm-to-table movement now reaches a wide spectrum of Americans from hospital and office cafeterias to elementary schools and fast-casual restaurants.Nearly a century ago, the idea of “local food” would have seemed perplexing, since virtually all food was local. Today, most of the food consumed in […] Read More

The Three Cs of Farm-to-School

Most people know about the three “R’s” – reading, writing, and arithmetic. But, have you heard about the three “C’s”?If you, or your kid, is at a school that takes part in the Farm-to-School movement, then you may already know about them.October is National Farm-to-School month, and in their book Farm to Table, authors Darryl […] Read More

Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way?Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s […] Read More
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