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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
Parents need Snowe, Collins to be heroes in toxic chemical fight
Kennebec Journal - 10/7/2011.
Op-Ed by Megan Rice – Recently, my 4-year-old daughter made a card for her dad that read, "My daddy is my hero." On any given day, our girls are hoping and expecting that we will be their heroes, superheroes even. By definition, hero means protector or defender – two words that I believe are synonymous with parent.
The California ballot initiative: standing up to Monsanto
Common Dreams - 10/6/2011.
By Ronnie Cummins – Monsanto and Food Inc.’s stranglehold over the nation’s food and farming system is about to be challenged in a food fight that will largely determine the future of American agriculture.
Public hearing Friday on pesticides
Kennebec Journal - 10/6/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: A public hearing Friday will address proposed new rules governing pesticide notification and use. One amended rule specifies that the current 500-foot notification distance for aerial applications be modified to allow for notification up to 1,000 feet from an aerial application.
Labor pains on the farm
Grist - 10/6/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – I'm sure many people would secretly agree that most Americans don't have the physical stamina nor the appetite for manual labor. And now, The New York Times reports that farmers in some areas of the country are discovering that very fact for themselves.
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