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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
Pink slime not our only icky food additive
Kennebec Journal - 3/27/2012.
Editorial Opinion by The Los Angeles Times – A century ago, cautious housewives demanded that the butcher grind their beef in front of them so they could be sure he didn't toss in offal or scraps of lower-quality meat. A modern package of ground beef is more likely to come from not one animal but several and probably will include head meat, the esophagus and other internal organs. And, of course, pink slime.
Listening for Maine’s last moo
Down East - 3/27/2012.
By George Smith – When Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb started dairy farming, Maine had 2200 dairy farms. In 1991, 600 farmers were still in the dairy business. In 2002, I wrote a sorrowful plea to save the 412 dairy farms still clinging tenuously to their way of life. Last week I asked former Senator and dairyman John Nutting how many dairy farmers we still have. His answer: 305.
Crowds enjoy the sweet science of Maine Maple Sunday
Portland Press Herald - 3/26/2012.
by Beth Quimby. Rain and the poor maple syrup season don't dampen the spirits of those visiting the state's sugarhouses.

Packaging On The Pounds
The Daily - 3/26/2012.
by David Knowles. Research says chemical in plastics and cans may contribute to obesity. A controversial chemical used to harden plastics is contributing to the global obesity epidemic, according to new research by a biologist. The claims by leading BPA critic Frederick vom Saal come as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule this week — after four years of study — on whether to ban the plastic additive from use in food packaging.

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