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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
Trade dispute hangs over White House child-migrant fight
Politico - 6/30/2014.
By David Rogers - Even as the White House scrambles to deal with the flood of child migrants from Central America, a $277 million economic aid package for El Salvador is being delayed by the administration because of a trade dispute over a modest seed program to help small farmers grow staples like maize and beans.
Chemical found in plastics – and now in our water – makes male turtles develop more like females
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/30/2014.
By Blythe Bernhard - The turtles are in trouble. A chemical found in Missouri’s rivers and streams can influence the sex organs of developing turtles, making males more like females, researchers say.
FDA May Be Seeking to Use Untested Technology in Livestock Feed
Common Dreams - 6/30/2014.
By Nadia Prupis - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be looking to use emerging technology in products for livestock that could make animals on factory farms gain weight and absorb medications faster. The technology in question is nanotechnology, the process of manipulating or creating matter at the molecular level.
AMA Seeks Ban on Antibiotic Use on Farms for Growth Promotion
Food Safety News - 6/30/2014.
By Lydia Zuraw - The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for federal action to ban antibiotic use in food animals for growth promotion purposes so as to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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