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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
Tick-born diseases may spread faster with global warming
Treehugger - 12/31/2008.
While some studies say global warming is not to blame for an upswing in tick-borne disease occurances, a new experiment shows that warmer temperatures are indeed a problem when it comes to ticks turning towards humans for lunch.
Organics important for well-being of animals
Portland Press Herald - 12/31/2008.
The organic bandwagon had been cruising several years before my sister and I hopped aboard. "I don't want all those pesticides in my body," complained my 17-year-old sister one day. "They could give me cancer." Perhaps so, but carcinophobia wasn't why I ate organic.
Mead: a now kind of drink
Portland Press Herald - 12/31/2008.
A local duo's modern take on the ancient beverage is a surprisingly dry white wine made from Maine honey. Maine Mead Works moved into an industrial space on Anderson Street in November 2007, but the sleek-looking bottles of its signature HoneyMaker Mead did not start hitting local store shelves until the week before Thanksgiving.
California organic ag’s fertilizer-gate
Grist - 12/29/2008.
California regulators delayed action while fertilizer company duped organic farmers. For years, a California organic-input company was passing off synthetic fertilizer as organic and selling it widely to the state's organic farms (including nationally distributed giants like Earthbound Farms).
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