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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
House votes to ban bisphenol-A
Kennebec Journal - 4/8/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta: The Maine House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly endorsed banning the chemical bisphenol-A from children's products such as sippy cups and baby bottles. The ban on BPA, which many studies have shown poses cancer risks to children and pregnant women, was the first proposal to work its way through the chemical regulation process created by Maine's Kids Safe Product Act of 2008.
Key Democrats oppose bill to repeal pesticide notification system, decry question limitations
Press Release - 4/8/2011.
From The Maine Legislature - House Democratic Office. Key Democrats on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee today announced they opposed a full scale repeal of the pesticide notification law that had a public hearing on Thursday before the committee. The committee considered two proposals to scale back consumer protections that require farmers who spray pesticide applications to notify neighboring abutters who sign up on an internet-based registry prior to spraying.
The Toxicity Panic
The Atlantic - 4/7/2011.
By Judith Shulevitz. The contemporary fear of plastics and other household menaces can’t possibly be justified—or can it?
Bill would end state pesticide registry
Kennebec Journal - 4/7/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Lawmakers will hear testimony today on bills regarding notification requirements for spraying pesticides, including one proposal that would do away with the notification system altogether. The latter bill, L.D. 228, is sponsored by Rep. Peter Edgecomb, R-Caribou, at the request of the Maine Farm Bureau.
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