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Sarasota man’s fertilizer gets spin in space

Photo by Dan Wagner Florikan products are being used by NASA in space station farming experiments Ed Rosenthal grew up farming with his father outside of Montreal, but he never intended to stay in agriculture. Farming was tough and memories of his childhood were filled with empty refrigerators. Rosenthal studied to be an English professor, but when anti-English sentiments in Quebec made it impossible for him to find a job teaching English in the French region, he landed back where he started: agriculture.Rosenthal’s return to agriculture proved fortuitous.He founded Florikan, a Sarasota fertilizer company, in 1982. His son Eric now runs the company, which exports more than $30 million worth

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