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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
No brave new world in 1984, but we have pieces of both visions
Kennebec Journal - 8/5/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Garrison Keillor marked the birthday of Aldous Huxley on July 26 during his "Writer's Almanac" by reviving the debate between those who considered a future like Huxley's "Brave New World," versus those who favored George Orwell's version of the future in "1984."
Monsanto to sell biotech sweet corn for US consumers
Bloomberg - 8/4/2011.
Monsanto Co. (MON), the world’s biggest vegetable seed maker, said it will begin selling genetically modified sweet corn in the U.S. this year, the first product it has developed for the consumer market.
Supporting farmers markets creates thousands of jobs
Treehugger - 8/4/2011.
By Rachel Cernansky – "What's holding farmers markets back?" That's the question behind a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which determined the culprit to be federal policies that favor industrial agriculture over small and local farms. Change those policies, though, and you get a quick turnaround. According to the report, just a little public funding for 100 to 500 farmers markets a year could create up to 13,500 jobs within five years.
Group proposes Federal protections for alewives
Portland Press Herald - 8/3/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Ellsworth: A national environmental group is petitioning federal regulators to list alewives and blueback herring as a “threatened species” because of declining populations in other states along the Eastern Seaboard.
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