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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
Restating the case for modernising smallholder farming
The Guardian [UK] - 4/15/2013.
By Bob Rabatsky - It is widely known that smallholder farmers in developing countries use too few modern inputs and technologies, which often results in low yields and poor quality crops. The USAid Feed the Future, Partnering for Innovation programme explores how technologies can dramatically improve productivity, income, and food supply.
Grist mill grinding into prominence
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 4/14/2013.
By Doug Harlow - Maine grain products are making their way from the Somerset Grist Mill in Skowhegan to farmers markets in New York City and a New England granola company based in Brownfield.
Warm ocean waters worry Maine lobstermen, industry
San Francisco Chronicle - 4/14/2013.
By Clarke Canfield - Ocean temperatures have been higher than normal in the Gulf of Maine, creating worries among lobstermen that there could be a repeat of last spring's early harvest that resulted in a market glut, a crash in the prices fishermen get and a blockade of Maine-caught lobsters in Canada.
Our View: Hunger isn’t getting the attention it should
Portland Press Herald - 4/14/2013.
Editorial - The stock market has recovered. Home prices are starting to recover and jobs numbers are creeping back, if at a glacial pace. But for many Mainers, the Great Recession of 2008 has never ended.
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