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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
Scientists investigate possible connection between autism and vitamin D
Environmental Health News - 1/31/2013.
By Brita Belli - Vitamin D plays a pivotal role in a number of disorders. Now scientists are investigating whether the “sunshine vitamin” could be implicated in autism. With autism rates climbing and levels of vitamin D declining because of more sunscreen use and less time spent outdoors, scientists have begun to look into a possible link.
Tomorrow’s Organics uses proactive approach in sourcing organic produce
The Produce News - 1/31/2013.
By Christina DiMartino - Tomorrow’s Organics is a producer, marketer and distributor of organic fruits and vegetables. “We have built our business serving the ‘true believer,’ grass-roots organic community,” said Ms. Grossman. “Through the years, however, we’ve grown and we now sell to the largest organic wholesalers in the country."
Pruning Highbush Blueberries
Growing - 1/31/2013.
By Vern Grubinger - Pruning is essential to maintaining a productive planting of highbush blueberries over time. Yet many blueberry growers fail to prune in a timely fashion, while other growers, or their workers, prune the plants without fully understanding what they are trying to accomplish.
Genetic Changes to Food May Get Uniform Labeling
The New York Times - 1/31/2013.
By Stephanie Strom - With Washington State on the verge of a ballot initiative that would require labeling of some foods containing genetically engineered ingredients and other states considering similar measures, some of the major food companies and Wal-Mart, the country’s largest grocery store operator, have been discussing lobbying for a national labeling program.
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