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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
Film shows harm caused by chemicals
Portland Press Herald - 6/14/2012.
Letter to the Editor by Sophie Yang – Fifty years have now passed since the first publication of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," a monumental work of environmental social critique that provided overwhelming evidence of the harmful effects of chemicals and pesticides on the environment, animals and humans. Although Carson's work contributed to the successful banning of the pesticide DDT in the U.S. in 1972, today's planet is still riddled with toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
Can garden farming be too successful?
The Contrary Farmer - 6/13/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – This is just mischievous philosophical musing. Don’t take me too seriously. On the other hand… One of my favorite books is the classic “Farmers of Forty Centuries” by F.H. King, written in 1911. It details the way food was produced in much of Asia for something like four thousand years and still is in many places there. It was, according to King who traveled the area at that time, an amazing kind of small scale agriculture that, without chemical fertilizer or power machinery of any kind was producing more food per acre at the beginning of the 20th century than farming in America then or now.
Farmland Trust lets family farm remain intact
Kennebec Journal - 6/13/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade: Roger and Dawn Bickford had always hoped that their 120-acre farm, which had been with the family for more than a century, would remain intact. It remained a dairy farm until 1989, when the primary crops became hay and vegetables. Now, with the help of Maine Farmland Trust, the Bickfords' two sons, Dwayne and Wayne Bickford, have been able to ensure the property will remain intact and forever farmland.
The five farm bill amendments you should keep an eye on
Grist - 6/13/2012.
By Philip Bump – Right now, the Senate is considering the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (read: the farm bill, though ARFJA is also catchy). It left the Senate Agriculture committee and arrived on the Senate floor, where it was promptly peppered with over 90 amendments.
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