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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
Promise of food safety law largely unfulfilled
USA Today - 12/16/2012.
By Christopher Doering – Implementation of the sweeping law, signed two years ago, has been bogged down by its complexity and cost.
Still no fix a year after salmonella outbreak
Portland Press Herald - 12/15/2012.
By Leslie Bridgers – One year after a recall of contaminated ground meat sold at Hannaford stores exposed blind spots in the nation's food-safety chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has yet to move forward with a proposed rule to improve record-keeping and, in turn, better protect public health.
A Secretary John Kerry Would Elevate Climate Issues
National Journal - 12/15/2012.
By Coral Davenport – “No senator since Al Gore knows as much about the science and diplomacy of climate change as Kerry,” said David Goldwyn, an international energy consultant who served as Clinton’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs. “He would not only put climate change in the top five issues he raises with every country, but he would probably rethink our entire diplomatic approach to the issue.”
Cooperative Extension Service pitches agricultural tourism to farmers
Kennebec Journal - 12/15/2012.
By Kaitlin Schroeder – Farmington: For decades, Herbert "Bussie" York tinkered with running his farm. He started producing organic milk, experimented with different crops and adopted new technology. Four years ago, he made another change, that time to draw visitors to Sandy River Farms with a corn maze and a pick-it-yourself pumpkin patch as part of Maine's agritourism movement.
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