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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
Slime by any other name is still … beef?
Bangor Daily News - 4/5/2012.
Editorial – As Juliet said to Romeo, “What’s in a name?” The answer, when it comes to the ammonia-treated cartilage and scrap meat that goes into much U.S. ground beef, is “lots.” The moniker “pink slime” for that foodstuff has sparked a furor that caused Beef Products, Inc., to shut down three of its four plants that produced the substance. The agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. said it would cut production.
Man gets two years in organic food scam
The Register Guard (Eugene, Oregon) - 4/4/2012.
By Karen McCowan – “You made a big mistake to commit this crime in Lane County,” a judge said Wednesday in sentencing a rural Springfield man to more than two years in federal prison for selling a local grain broker 4.2 million pounds of conventional corn he misrepresented as organic.
MOFGA offers local class today
Kennebec Journal - 4/4/2012.
Workshops scheduled today across the state, including one in Gardiner, aim to provide gardeners with essential skills and knowledge to switch from conventional to organic gardening. The new Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association workshops are available through adult education programs and will be presented at 35 locations in Maine.
Maine dairy farmers closely watch fate of tier program
Bangor Daily News - 4/4/2012.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: Maine’s dairy farmers will be paying close attention this week to a vote on the state’s unique dairy stabilization program, or tier program, as the price they are paid for their milk continues to plummet.
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