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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
Nanomaterials in fertilizer products could threaten soil health, agriculture
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 4/24/2013.
By Andrew Ranallo - IATP’s report, Nanomaterials in Soil: Our Future Food Chain?, draws attention to the delicate soil food chain, including microbes and microfauna, that enable plant growth and produce new soil. Laboratory experiments have indicated that sub-molecular nanoparticles could damage beneficial soil microbes and the digestive systems of earthworms, essential engineers in maintaining soil health.
Crowd at Capitol pushes for GMO food labeling
Portland Daily Sun - 4/24/2013.
By David Carkhuff - Likening their effort to a "David and Goliath"-style struggle for consumer rights, advocates of a Maine bill to identify foods with genetically modified organisms as ingredients crowded into the State House Wednesday to push for GMO labeling of foods. "We’re up against a giant," said Ben Pratt, a former Democratic state legislator from Eddington, who called himself a "citizen lobbyist." Pratt, who served on the Agriculture Committee in the Legislature, joined dozens of other citizens in supporting LD 718, An Act to Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock.
Should Maine require labeling for genetically modified food?
Portland Press Herald - 4/24/2013.
By Steve Mistler - Augusta: The national debate over genetically modified food moved to the State House on Tuesday, pitting agribusiness, grocers and some Maine farmers against a well-organized group of organic farmers and national food-safety advocates seeking to opt out of the "GMO experiment."
Legislation Would Require Clear Labeling of GE Food
Environmental Working Group - 4/24/2013.
Washington, D.C. - Environmental Working Group applauds Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) for introducing the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, bipartisan legislation that would require food manufacturers to clearly label genetically engineered (GE) foods.
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