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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
Turning capitalism on its head by cooperating for sustainable food
Alternet - 4/12/2010.
By Vanessa Barrington – Innovative new ways of doing business are blossoming on both coasts. MOO Milk and Bob’s Red Mill show how food companies that serve eaters, workers, and farmers can be the wave of the future.
Maine Farmland Trust Launches New Farm Viability Program
Maine Farmland Trust - 4/12/2010.
Maine Farmland Trust has launched its new Farm Viability Program, which is designed to help farms become more successful and to help new farms get established.
Food safety in the US: we’re on red alert
Common Dreams - 4/12/2010.
By Andrew Kimbrell – The United States once had one of the safest food systems in the world, but now, 70 million Americans are sickened, 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die from food-borne illness every year. It is a sad fact: since 9/11, far more Americans have been killed, injured or hurt because of our lack of a coordinated food safety system than by terrorist acts that challenge our Homeland Security system.
Catch-sharing rules set up complicated system
Portland Press Herald - 4/11/2010.
By Beth Quimby – New regulations are about to fundamentally change the groundfishing industry in Maine and other New England states. Overnight many New England fishermen, known for their fierce independence in an industry famous for its gold-rush mentality, will be fishing cooperatively in groups, sharing the catch assigned to them by regulators. They will depend on each other to obey strict new limits lowering the amount of fish that may be caught for many species.
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