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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
More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk
The New York Times - 12/9/2013.
By Kenneth Chang - Whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk, scientists are reporting.
Destructive winter moths back in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 12/9/2013.
By North Cain - Winter moths are back – and flying around in more places in Maine than before. While the moths are visible in early winter – hence, their name – their damage is done in the spring, when the eggs laid on the trunks of trees hatch. The larvae crawl up and burrow into both leaf and flower buds and feed on expanding buds and foliage on many trees and bushes, including oak, maple, apple, elm, ash, crabapple, cherry and blueberry.
An Organic Greenhouse Run by Farmers With Autism
The Atlantic - 12/9/2013.
By James Hamblin - Jan Pilarski, of South Bend, Indiana, started a prototype aquaponic greenhouse to employ her son Chris and others who are on the autism spectrum. After the success of that prototype, they turned to the Internet last week to help them fund a commercial-scale version of the project.
Wall Street Rewards Kroger’s Organic Moves
Prevention - 12/9/2013.
By Robyn O’Brien - Kroger’s Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic brands generated fiscal 2012 sales that exceeded Kroger’s internal goal by 33%, Mr. McMullen. And it’s lifting the company’s earnings. The company expects its organic department to double in size in the next five years.
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