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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
A good harvester has to learn to choose and pick
Portland Press Herald - 8/16/2010.
By Ray Routhier – Buxton: It hadn't occurred to me that farmers need good eyesight. But it became apparent when I began trying to pick zucchini and squash at Snell Family Farm last week. The path I walked on was thick with weeds, obstructing my vision somewhat, and the plants themselves were a tangle of vines and leaves, creating some sort of strange vegetable jungle.
Apple season ahead of schedule
Bangor Daily News - 8/16/2010.
By Eric Russell – BANGOR, Maine - Mary Newey at Hillcrest Orchards in Winterport has been in the apple business nearly all her life. Her father bought the land and planted trees in 1963, so she grew up on an apple orchard. Decades later, she still gets excited every season. This year, that excitement came early. Hillcrest Orchards opened on Thursday, Aug. 12, the earliest opening date in recent memory.
Now they’re cloning cows from cattle that are dead
Daily Mail [UK] - 8/15/2010.
By Daniel Bates – Cattle destined for the food chain in the U.S. are being cloned from dead animals. Technicians take samples from slaughtered cows to assess meat quality, and cells from the best are used to grow clones.
Judge revokes USDA approval of modified sugar beets
The New York Times - 8/14/2010.
By Andrew Pollack – A federal district court judge revoked the government’s approval of genetically engineered sugar beets Friday, saying that the Agriculture Department had not adequately assessed the environmental consequences before approving them for commercial cultivation.
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