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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
No bad apples: Grocery store cuts waste and cost by selling imperfect fruit
Grist - 1/24/2013.
By Dana Gunders - On the surface, it’s a common display. A bin of apples with a sale sign greets customers as they enter the grocery store. Behind the scenes, however, it’s unchartered territory. Those apples were destined to be juice, cattle feed, or maybe even landfill waste until a few crafty folks and a bold supermarket decided to break the grade barrier.
Documentary Sheds New Light on Thriving Community Gardens
Worldwatch Institute - 1/24/2013.
By Carol Dreibelbis - In her 2011 documentary A Community of Gardeners, filmmaker Cintia Cabib offers an intimate look at the vital role that seven community gardens play in Washington, D.C.
A Prescription for Injuries of the Soul: Healing the Earth Healing Us
Common Dreams - 1/24/2013.
By Carolyn Raffensperger - Most people suffer from a sense of moral failure over environmental matters. The mismatch between being told to change our light bulbs when the planet seems in free fall - melting ice caps, polluted water supplies, drought - creates a needling angst and anxiety. We know that we are in deep trouble, but feel that there is little we - or anyone - can do individually.
BPA ban approved for Maine food packages
Portland Press Herald - 1/24/2013.
By North Cain - Augusta: The state's Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously Thursday to approve a ban on bisphenol-A in packaging for baby food and infant formula. The measure, which the board endorsed in a preliminary vote last week, now goes to the Legislature for final approval.
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