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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
Chebeague explores economics of farming
The Working Waterfront - 8/6/2010.
By Anna Maine – If you haven't visited Chebeague in the last 10 years, you might not recognize certain parts of the Island. Near the school's baseball field are the newly-built raised beds for the students' garden, crowded with ripening tomatoes, carrots and beets. At the crest of tree-lined Roy Hill Road sits a wooden farm stand, its shelves waiting for the coming crops of potatoes, beans, squash and corn-all grown at nearby Second Wind Farm.
When agrochemical corporations invented nature
Common Dreams - 8/6/2010.
By Julio Godoy – Berlin: A civil society protest against a British agrochemical company that claims it has invented a particular sort of broccoli has again focused attention on the question who owns natural biodiversity, especially vegetables, seeds, and many forms of meat and animal food products.
US Trade Representatives gets taste of blueberry, stresses exports
Bangor Daily News - 8/6/2010.
By Nok-Noi Ricker – Orland: U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk got a taste of Maine – in the form of a fresh wild blueberry pie – when he visited the G.M. Allen and Son blueberry farm and processing center Thursday morning. “It was spectacular,” he said. “It was the best blueberry pie I’ve ever had.”
Genetically modified crop on the loose and evolving in US Midwest
Scientific American - 8/6/2010.
By David Biello – Outside a grocery store in Langdon, N.D., two ecologists spotted a yellow canola plant growing on the margins of a parking lot this summer. They plucked it, ground it up and, using a chemical stick similar to those in home pregnancy kits, identified proteins that were made by artificially introduced genes. The plant was GM – genetically modified.
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