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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
Common Ground Fair
Kennebec Journal - 9/21/2012.
The Common Ground Country Fair goes from today through Sunday at the Unity Fairgrounds. Gates open at 9 a.m. Sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the fair features demonstrations, exhibits, organic and local foods, livestock exhibits and entertainment.
Organic food good for overall health
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2012.
Letter to the Editor – A front-page story on Sept. 6, "Studies reveal raw truths on organic foods," detailing a study released Sept. 4 by two Stanford doctors that compares organic with conventional farming, is hardly front-page news and is misleading at best.
Gulf of Maine water temperature soars
Bangor Daily News - 9/20/2012.
By Mary Ann Bragg, Cape Cod Times – Sea surface temperatures from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to the Gulf of Maine were the highest ever recorded from January through June, federal officials said Tuesday. Above-average temperatures were pervasive, from the ocean’s floor to the surface, across the region and outward beyond the continental shelf.
French GM-fed rat study triggers furore
BBC News - 9/19/2012.
By Jonathan Amos – A furious row has erupted over a French study claiming to have found tumours and other problems in rats fed on genetically modified maize and exposed to a common, associated herbicide. The rodents ate the GM diet over a two-year period – a normal lifetime.
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