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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
Boom in urchin harvest flips Maine's ecosystem
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2013.
By Clarke Canfield - A boom that led Maine fishermen to harvest millions of pounds of sea urchins for the lucrative Japanese market depleted the species, turning the ecosystem upside-down and creating ideal habitat for an urchin predator that has flourished, a new scientific study says.
Search is on for tetracycline replacements in organic orchards
Capital Press - 3/25/2013.
By Steve Brown: Portland, Ore. - Though researchers have tested several treatments that may be able to replace oxytetracycline in organic apple and pear orchards, they say they need more time to find the most effective way to fight fire blight.
Pictures: Green Walls May Cut Pollution in Cities
National Geographic - 3/25/2013.
By Bertrand Garbel - These vegetated surfaces don't just look pretty. They have other benefits as well, including cooling city blocks, reducing loud noises, and improving a building's energy efficiency.
One in five French bottled waters 'contain drugs or pesticides'
The Guardian [UK] - 3/25/2013.
By Kim Willsher - Researchers analysed 47 widely available brands, and discovered 10 were contaminated with minuscule amounts.
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