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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
Maine's 2011 wild blueberry harvest up slightly
Portland Press Herald - 3/27/2012.
Federal agricultural officials say Maine's 2011 wild blueberry harvest was 83.1 million pounds, up just slightly from the previous year.

Kickstarter is helping grist mill in Skowhegan finance a dream
Kennebec Journal - 3/27/2012.
Opinion Editorial by Amber Lambke - Kickstarter, an online platform where everyday people, can raise money for creative projects, is helping Maine Grains at the Somerset Grist Mill close a funding gap to get the grist mill up and running this spring. The mill will make fresh locally grown and milled flour available to customers of The Pickup, a Community Supported Agriculture business in Skowhegan and people across New England.

Food security focus fuels new worries over crop chemicals
Reuters - 3/27/2012.
Scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates are pressing the question about whether rewards of the trend toward using more and more crop chemicals are worth the risks, as the agricultural industry strives to ramp up production to feed the world's growing population.

Common toothpaste additive triclosan to be deemed toxic to environment
Edmonton Journal - 3/27/2012.
by Sarah Schmidt. The Canadian government is set to declare a bacteria killer found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes and anti-bacterial soaps as toxic to the environment, a move which could see the use of the chemical curtailed sharply.
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