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Emily Butters and Forrest Butler of Royal Rose Syrups, LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Emily Butters and Forrest Butler of Royal Rose Syrups, LLC, in Brunswick. Royal Rose produces MOFGA certified organic simple syrups in various flavors, including cardamom-clove, lavender-lemon, raspberry, rose, tamarind and three chile. They sell through mail order, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops, supermarkets and distributors. Royal Rose Three Chiles Syrup was among 146 products chosen from 1,462 entrants to win a national 2015 Good Food Award for leading the way toward a tasty, authentic and responsible food system (winners shown here). "We believe that using the best-quality, whole ingredients in our syrups makes the difference between an ordinary drink and a superior cocktail or soda," say Emily and Forrest. Follow Royal Rose Syrups at royalrosesyrups.com and on Facebook.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Deal keeps land as working farm
Kennebec Journal - 6/16/2012.
By Betty Adams – Fayette: Berndt and Elaine Graf can continue to milk their Jerseys and run their farm for as long as they like, and when they choose to retire, the Kennebec Land Trust and others will help find a farmer to take over.
Are corporations and big banks making a windfall from food stamps?
Alternet - 6/16/2012.
By Christopher D. Cook and Michele Simon – At a time of record need for food assistance among America's poor, the U.S. Senate is poised to cut roughly $4.5 billion from food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which 46 million Americans – one in seven of us – rely upon.
Season’s fleeting, but organic berries abound in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 6/16/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Strawberry season – one of the sweetest times of year – is upon us, which means now is the moment to snatch up their fleeting goodness. In another month or so, nature’s candy store continues to throw open its doors as blueberries begin to ripen on Maine farms.
African land fertile ground for investors
National Public Radio - 6/15/2012.
By Dan Charles – In some countries of Africa, there's a land rush underway as investors claim farmland, establish megafarms, and try to cash in on high prices for food and biofuels. These deals are controversial. Critics accuse investors of dispossessing subsistence farmers. But there's another side to this story.
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