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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
Maine should lead Washington on climate policy
Bangor Daily News - 12/24/2013.
By Peter Mills and Sharon S. Tisher - It is fortunate for all 7 billion people on Earth that humans are finally learning new ways to produce and use energy. Examples are legion: hybrid cars, LED light bulbs, more economical wind, solar and hydropower, super-insulated buildings and fiber-optic communications to reduce physical travel and postal messaging.
Northern Shrimp: first casualty of New England warming water?
The Working Waterfront - 12/23/2013.
By Ben Martens - Maine's traditional small boat fishermen are in trouble. Those in our struggling groundfish fishery have increasingly depended on shrimp to supplement their income in the winter months. For some of Maine's small-boat trawl fisherman, shrimp has made up almost 50 percent of their income in recent years and with the closing of this fishery any income from shrimp has been wiped off the books for 2014.
EPA’s system of tracking pesticides harmful to honeybees, critics say
The Washington Post - 12/22/2013.
By Kendall Helblig - The honeybees that pollinate one-third of Americans’ daily diet are dying, and in the eyes of some environmentalists, one culprit may be a decades-old Environmental Protection Agency system.
Feinstein to Obama: Move without Congress on GMOs
The Hill - 12/22/2013.
By Ben Goad - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is urging President Obama to use the power of his office to require labels on food containing genetically engineered ingredients.
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