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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
Budget cuts in D.C. threaten closure of lab in Orono
Bangor Daily News - 3/28/2011.
by Jamison Cocklin, special to the BDN. A research laboratory at the University of Maine and the 18 federal jobs that it provides are now in jeopardy after a recent round of funding cuts brought on by the budget impasse in Washington.
Kid Safe Product Act Works
Bangor Daily News - 3/28/2011.
Editorial. A few days after a legislative panel unanimously voted to adopt the Board of Environmental Protection’s ruling that BPA should be banned in children’s products, lawmakers will hear testimony to gut the law that made the BPA action possible. There is no reason to do this.
Sugarhouses open for Maine Maple Sunday, producers predict a banner year
Bangor Daily News - 3/27/2011.
by Sharon Kiley Mack. As sweet smelling steam swirled through his sugarhouse Sunday and his nephew stoked the wood fire under the evaporator, maple syrup producer Walter Getchell predicted a banner year.
Building sustainable communities, growing security
Bangor Daily News - 3/27/2011.
Guest column by John Billings and Diana George Chapin. Recent events in the Middle East and Japan have caused many prudent Americans to reflect on our own state of preparedness. This — coupled with the precarious state of our economy — is causing anxiety about the future for many thinking people. As a shift in resource availability and economic turmoil threaten the globalist model, a local community model looks more and more desirable.
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