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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
House passes controversial farm bill without food stamps
Reuters - 7/11/2013.
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives defied a White House veto threat and passed a controversial farm bill on Thursday that expands the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance system but omitted food stamps for the poor.
Governor LePage vetoes raw milk bill, senate fails to override
The Weekly Packet - 7/11/2013.
By Anne Berleant - Late in the evening of July 8, Governor LePage vetoed LD 1282, a bill that would allow Maine farmers to sell up to 20 gallons of unlicensed raw milk, with regulated state testing, at farm stands and farmers’ markets. The next day, the senate failed to override his veto, voting 17-16 in favor of the bill. A two-thirds vote in both chambers is needed to override a governor’s veto.
FDA bans BPA in baby formula packages
The Hill - 7/11/2013.
By Ben Goad - The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to ban the use of a chemical linked to health problems in infant formula packaging.
First ever non-GMO meat and egg product label hits the market
Natural News - 7/11/2013.
By Ethan A. Huff - Healthy shoppers in Northern California are getting the first taste of certified biotech-free meat and egg products at the grocery store, thanks to the valiant efforts of the Non-GMO Project in successfully convincing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow certified non-GMO labels to be placed on foods within its regulatory jurisdiction.
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