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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
Food Freedom movement grows with help from left
Politico - 4/22/2014.
By Tarini Parti and Helena Bottemiller Evich - Farmers should have the right to milk a cow and sell a gallon of that milk to their neighbors, argue libertarian supporters of the “food freedom” movement. They should be able to slaughter and sell the meat of the livestock they raised directly to consumers.
Corporate Definitions of ‘Natural’: How Consumers are Being Deceived
The Cornucopia Institute - 4/22/2014.
Corporate “natural” definitions vary widely. Generally, “natural” means the absence of artificial ingredients, commonly referencing preservatives. However “natural” does not signify that the ingredients are grown and processed in ways that avoid such “unnatural” inputs as synthetic pesticides and genetically engineered organisms.
With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time
The New York Times - 4/22/2014.
By Jesse McKinley - Easton, New York: Something strange is happening at farms in upstate New York. The cows are milking themselves. Desperate for reliable labor and buoyed by soaring prices, dairy operations across the state are charging into a brave new world of udder care: robotic milkers, which feed and milk cow after cow without the help of a single farmhand.
Those Were the Days
Bangor Daily News - 4/22/2014.
By Harriet Vaughan - I am loving the major multimedia "The Good Life, the Movement That Changed Maine" published today in the BDN. My husband and I were part of that movement. Chuck served as President of MOFGA and I handled membership during that very time when the big influx of back-to-the-land people occurred.
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