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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
Moms turn in BPA petition
Kennebec Journal - 6/22/2012.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: More than a dozen mothers turned in signatures Thursday to try to compel the state Board of Environmental Protection to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby and toddler food packaging.
Monsanto’s corn-soy solution for feeding the world is all wrong
Kennebec Journal - 6/22/2012.
Op-Ed by Denis Thoet – How are we going to feed a world population of 9 billion by the year 2050? Monsanto thinks it knows the answer: more corn and soy production through "improved" bioengineered seed and "no till" cropping. "No till" is a euphemism for using Monsanto-produced Roundup to kill the weeds in your corn and soy fields so you can then plant your Roundup-resistant seeds, also made by Monsanto.
Towns adopt food self-governance ordinances to exempt farmers from state, federal laws
Bangor Daily News - 6/22/2012.
By Clarke Canfield – Portland: Two more towns in Maine have adopted local ordinances that exempt farmers from state and federal regulations if they sell their products directly to consumers, despite warnings that the ordinances are invalid.
Maine strawberry crop bountiful thanks to hot spring
Bangor Daily News - 6/22/2012.
By Andrew Bulfinch – Berwick: Isabella Costello came to Riverside Farm with her mother and big brother Thursday morning taking advantage of the strong season for the juicy red berries. According to owner Dave Tuttle, this season is particularly ideal for strawberries due in large part to the warm weather this region has experienced since spring.
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