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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
Parkinson’s link to raised pesticide level
The Herald (U.K.) - 7/14/2009.
PEOPLE with raised levels of a particular pesticide in their blood may have an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, new American scientific research shows.
Night of revelry damages farmland
Kennebec Journal - 7/14/2009.
By Craig Crosby – CHINA – Spencer Aitel should have been cutting hay Monday. Instead, he was collecting beer bottles and examining acres of hay and alfalfa flattened by vandals to see what, if anything, could be salvaged to feed his cows. "Apparently, we had a keg party we weren't invited to. And it ended up being a mud run, too," said Aitel, who owns Two Loons Farm, an organic dairy farm, with his wife, Paige Tyson. "We have quite a bit of alfalfa on the ground that's flattened. They flattened several acres of field."
Universities win big grant for ‘green’ research
Portland Press Herald - 7/14/2009.
By John Richardson – The University of Maine and University of Southern Maine are launching a broad new education and research effort to create a greener society. The schools have received a $20 million, five-year federal grant to create the Sustainability Solution Initiative, which will be based at UMaine in Orono. The funding will pay for new faculty positions, research projects and a variety of academic courses focused on understanding environmental threats and how to make the transition to a more sustainable society.
On tiny plots, a new generation of farmers emerges
Common Dreams - 7/14/2009.
By Elizabeth Weise – Rochester, WA - Joseph Gabiou walks the fields of Wobbly Cart Farm with a practiced eye. He kicks dirt into place to keep the wind from blowing the protective covering off a row of organic broccoli. The seedlings are vulnerable to the flea beetles that came in the spring, just as longtime farmers in this valley told him they would. To a new farmer, that's crucial information. The farm, started five years ago, is young. But so is the 33-year-old Gabiou at a time when the average age of the American farmer is 57.
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