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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
To Hemp, Hops and Haskap, Add a Portion of Hope
Rustik Magazine - 1/24/2013.
Good info from a recent conference in Nova Scotia about these three crops. Haskap is Lonicera caerulea, honeyberry or edible honeysuckle. Fedco sells it.
Pesticides & prostate cancer. Again.
Pesticides Action Network - 1/23/2013.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that workers in Iowa and North Carolina exposed to certain organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides had significantly higher prostate cancer risk. The organophosphate pesticides fonofos, terbufos and malathion, one of the most commonly used organophosphate insecticides in the United States, was linked to increased prostate cancer risk; and a family history of prostate cancer combined with exposure to organochlorine pesticides (such as aldrin and lindane) was significantly associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Maine Food Strategy reaching out to reap ideas
Portland Press Herald - 1/23/2013.
By Avery Yale Kamila - Eating local gets a lot of lip service, but according to research done by Mark Lapping, only about 10 percent to 14 percent of the food eaten by the average Mainer comes from Maine. "Right now Maine imports the vast, vast majority of its food and most of it comes in on trucks," said Lapping, who is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Policy.
Chef Sam Hayward Goes to Bat for Sockeye Salmon
Portland Press Herald - 1/23/2013.
By Meredith Goad - “If we’re going to hope for support for our efforts in the northeast to conserve and rebuild and renew and revitalize our fisheries and our fishing communities, then I also think we have to be actively involved in supporting fisheries and communities elsewhere,” says Sam Hayward of Fore Street, one of Portland’s best-known chefs.
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