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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
Chemical Industry Drafted Bill to Modify Maine's Kids Safe Act
Maine Public Broadcasting - 3/29/2011.
by Susan Sharon. The sponsor of a bill that environmentalists say would dramatically weaken Maine's Kid Safe Products Act acknowledged today that the chemical industry drafted the language. Republican Rep. Jim Hamper says the proposed reforms are necessary to improve the act, which he thinks is overly broad and creates uncertainty in the business community. The LePage administration supports the bill, but is also supporting another measure that's being billed as a "compromise."
Critics: Law targeting chemicals too broad
Bangor Daily News - 3/29/2011.
by Kevin Miller. Dozens of people testified Tuesday on efforts to rewrite a three-year-old state law that supporters claim protects children from harmful chemicals but critics contend is another example of over-regulation stifling business growth in Maine.
The omnivore’s other dilemma: expanding access to non-industrial food
Grist - 3/29/2011.
by Bob Comis. Real food security is not only about developing infrastructures to make it possible to get local meat into supermarkets like Price Chopper. There is cultural work to do as well, including changing the "race to the bottom" supermarket mentality.
Garden As If Your Life Depended On It, Because It Does
Alternet - 3/29/2011.
by Ellen LaConte. There are at least five reasons why more of us should take up the spade, make some compost, and start gardening with a vengeance.
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