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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
Reports Peg Lingering Problems With Meat Production in the U.S.
Time Magazine - 10/25/2013.
By Brian Walsh - In 2008 a report from the Pew Commission laid out the many problems with factory farms in damning detail. Five years later, little has changed.
F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths
The New York Times - 10/25/2013.
By Sabrina Tavernise - The Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Friday that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time.
Common herbicide raises frogs' risk of fungal disease, study finds
Los Angeles Times - 10/25/2013.
By Louis Sahagun - Frogs exposed to the commonly used herbicide atrazine early in life are particularly susceptible to a skin fungus linked to vanishing amphibians around the world, according to a new University of South Florida study.
A fruit of knowledge
Great Falls Tribune (Montana) - 10/25/2013.
By Martha Stewart - A century ago, everyone knew what apples were for. And they were rarely just for eating out of hand – especially among clever and economizing New Englanders. You could cook with them, bake them, sauce them, dry them. You could press them into cider and either boil it down to syrup or let it ferment into alcohol or vinegar. The vinegar, in turn, could be used as a food preservative, a medicinal tonic or an all-purpose household cleaner. The scraps, peels and cores were fed to the animals.
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