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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
Monsanto towers above seed rivals
Kennebec Journal - 12/14/2009.
By Christopher Leonard – St. Louis: Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Savor extravagance of luscious Crab Strata
Bangor Daily News - 12/12/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – The holiday season seems like a good time to be a little extravagant, and this recipe for Crab Strata is a pretty luscious one. I picked it up this summer in Stonington-Deer Isle from Caroline Rittenhouse who got it from the Stonington artist Michie Stovall O’Day.
Readfield: Residents warm to appeal for orchard
Kennebec Journal - 12/11/2009.
By Matthew Stone – Readfield: More than 30 people crowded into a newly opened cafe here Thursday night to learn the latest about a nonprofit group's efforts to preserve a local orchard. By the end of the 90-minute information session, some were opening up their checkbooks to lend support to the conservation effort.
Is Walmart the future of local food?
Grist - 12/11/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – One of the most important historic developments in the food economy is embodied in this statistic: in 1900, 40 percent of every dollar spent on food went to the farmer or rancher while the rest was split between inputs and distribution. Now? 7 cents on the dollar goes to the producer and 73 cents goes just to distribution. That’s worth keeping in mind when you read things like this: " ... Wal-Mart, now the nation’s largest supermarket chain as well as retailer, has gotten into the local scene, embarking on an effort to procure more of its produce from local growers."
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