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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
Butterfly decline signals trouble in environment
The Washington Post - 6/30/2013.
By Darryl Fears - Butterflies are the essence of cool in the insect world, a favorite muse for poets and songwriters, who hold them up as symbols of love, beauty, transformation and good fortune. But providing good fortune apparently goes only one way. As humans rip apart woods and meadows for housing developments and insecticide-soaked lawns, butterflies across the country are disappearing.
Mass. Rep. Ellen Story seeks labels for foods made with genetically modified organisms
Gazettenet - 6/30/2013.
By Richie Davis - On the one hand, Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, says her constituents include scientists who insist there’s no health danger from eating genetically engineered foods in small quantities. On the other hand, plenty of her constituents are very concerned that genetically modified foods are dangerously toxic or at least that not enough is known about them.
Down on the farm, frustration's up
Portland Press Herald - 6/29/2013.
By M. L. Johnson, AP - The failure of Congress to pass a farm bill leaves the nation's dairy farmers under a cloud of uncertainty.
Genetically modified wheat: With investigation unresolved and harvest about to start, Oregon farmers seek answers
The Oregonian - 6/28/2013.
By Eric Mortenson - With the wheat harvest set to begin within a week, farmers are pressing for a resolution of the federal investigation of genetically-modified wheat plants found growing in eastern Oregon.
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