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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
Golden Rice: Lifesaver?
The New York Times - 8/24/2013.
By Amy Harmon - One bright morning this month, 400 protesters smashed down the high fences surrounding a field in the Bicol region of the Philippines and uprooted the genetically modified rice plants growing inside.
One of the first fruit trees planted in America is still alive and well at age 383
Treehugger - 8/24/2013.
By Stephen Messenger - When the first European settlers stepped foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620, the landscape they encountered must have felt like the epitome of wildness. In time, of course, cottages and farmhouses, roads and footpaths would sprout up even there as 'civilization' took root. But little could they have guessed, from those fragile early shoots, that the whole wild continent would be tamed in just a few short centuries. It may be hard to believe, however, but one of America's earliest settlers is still alive today - and still bearing fruit after 383 years.
Farmers: Monsanto’s GMO Crop Could Create Pesticide Disaster
The Cornucopia Institute - 8/23/2013.
By Sehvilla Mann, Indiana Public Media News - As Red Gold Incorporated Director of Agriculture Steve Smith watches cans of tomato sauce whip down the line at the company’s processing plant in Orestes, he says it is his job to worry about the bite pesticide drift takes out of his growers’ yields. Each year, a handful of Red Gold’s suppliers see yields diminished by drift damage, and he worries that number could mushroom if the government approves crops genetically engineered by the Monsanto Company to tolerate an herbicide called dicamba.
Crop of young farmers growing in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 8/23/2013.
By By Abigail Curtis - Her head shaded from the sun by a wide-brimmed hat, Rachel Katz crouched in verdant rows of watermelons and cantaloupes late Wednesday afternoon while her two small children helped fill plastic crates with the fruit to sell for the next day’s market.
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