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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
Bills Seek To Protect Organic Crops From GE Seeds
Maine Public Broadcasting - 4/17/2009.
By A.J. Higgins – Are Maine's farmers benefitting from biotechnology or are they really planting the seeds of their own destruction? That's one of the questions confronting the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. Today the Committee took up several bills dealing with genetically engineered seeds and the preservation of organically grown crops. And farmers are trying to find common ground on the issue.
Husson talks involve ethics, animal rights
Bangor Daily News - 4/17/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Bangor: When eating an omelet, should the diner consider whether the chicken that provided the egg lived in a cage or roamed free? Should the chicken’s quality of life even be considered?
Earth day reflections on food as an environmental issue
Grist - 4/17/2009.
By Tom Philpott – The rise of industrial agriculture in the 20th century dramatically expanded our distance from the processes that sustain us. In a sense, most of us now live like royalty – separated from the land, as removed as we choose to be from the drudgery of growing and cooking food, with the ability to procure food from dizzying distances with little more than a finger snap.
Bees rejoice: one potential cause of Colony Collapse Disorder identified
Treehugger - 4/17/2009.
By Michael Graham Richard – Colony collapse disorder has been attributed to all kinds of things like pesticides, cell phones, fungus, different viruses, GMOs, etc. But according to a study published in the journal Environmental Microbiology Reports, the sole culprit (at least in the cases studied) seems to be the parasitic fungi Nosema ceranae.
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