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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
How a Nutrient Economy Can Save Our Farmers, Our Health and Our Environment
Forbes - 2/27/2013.
By Logan Yonavjak - Changing the agricultural paradigm will require new approaches. Ashoka Changemakers recently launched a new initiative that represents their evolution in thinking about how the industrial agricultural system should be evolving - democratically, and with a focus on nutrition and wellness, as opposed to maximized production.
Study: Over 100 Million Americans Drinking 'Toxic Trash' Water
Common Dreams - 2/27/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - When you pour yourself a glass of tap water or even take a shower, you may be among over 100 million Americans exposing yourself to carcinogenic, "toxic trash." The Environmental Working Group documents that municipal systems had water polluted with chemicals called trihalomethanes - chemicals caused when chlorine, used as a disinfectant, mingles with rotting organic matter such as farm runoff or sewage.
Maintaining Maine’s scallop fishery
Bangor Daily News - 2/27/2013.
OpEd by Robin Alden - The first year of Maine’s new scallop management is a success story far beyond its economic metrics: landings that will be reported at this week’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport will show substantial landings, possibly headed for a season high relative to the recent decade.
Back to the land again: Folk schools teach skills for modern-day survival
Grist - 2/27/2013.
By Lori Rotenberk - At the Driftless Folk School in Wisconsin, 26-year-old Jenny Monfore studied organic food preparation, blacksmithing, and mushroom identification - skills she hopes will augment her income and allow her to live a more independent lifestyle.
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