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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
Two Warren farms to be preserved forever
Village Soup - 10/18/2011.
Warren – Two Warren farms were recently recognized as "Forever Farms" by Maine Farmland Trust. Hatchet Cove Farm and Oyster River Farm are two of many farms across the state being recognized as part of a new program launched this summer by Maine Farmland Trust.
Grant given to study bee preservation
Portland Press Herald - 10/17/2011.
Amherst, Mass. – Researchers in five eastern U.S. states are getting federal support to study the decline in native bee populations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's $3.3 million grant is intended to help researchers find ways to maintain a diverse community of wild bees. They're needed to keep pollinating apples, low-bush blueberries, pumpkins and other important crops.
Law emphasizes farming’s use of integrated pest management
Kennebec Journal - 10/15/2011.
Op-Ed by Kathy Murray – Maine's producers have a long tradition of using practical, least-risk farming methods. When it comes to producing our food, organic and conventional farmers alike rely on a wide variety of techniques for stacking the deck in favor of a healthful, pest-free crop. In agricultural circles, this anti-pest approach is called integrated pest management, or IPM for short.
Conference at Colby links chemicals to obesity
Bangor Daily News - 10/15/2011.
By Alex Barber – Waterville: Lack of exercise and overeating aren’t the only factors contributing to an alarming rate of obesity in the country, said a group of doctors at a Colby College conference Friday. “Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us to Action,” was the subject of a daylong forum in the Diamond Building.
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