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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
This pedal-powered contraption can run a computer, split logs, or churn butter
Grist - 5/24/2013.
By Sarah Laskow - Up close to the Canadian border, on the New York side of Lake Champlain, Pedal Power Engineering is building “dynapods” - off-the-grid, pedal-powered machines that can power just about any gadget you might want to use around the house or farm.
Michael Pollan: Why the family meal is crucial to civilisation
The Guardian [UK] - 5/24/2013.
By Richard Johnson - What's for dinner? Where will you eat it? And who will eat it with you? Michael Pollan reckons that the answers to these questions could determine our survival as a species.
Genetically Engineered Trees and Glowing Synthetic Plants? No Thanks
Huffington Post - 5/24/2013.
By Rachel Smolker - Opposition to GE Trees makes sense for many reasons. First and foremost, there is little basis for confidence that these trees will "behave" as their makers proclaim. Like Frankenstein, they are likely to cause trouble. GE food crops have already taught us some lessons, from unanticipated problems.
On the Front Lines of Food Safety
The New York Times - 5/24/2013.
By Stephanie Strom and Steven Greenhouse - With piles of fresh strawberries beckoning consumers at markets and stores this season, an alliance of a major retailer, fruit growers and farm workers has begun a program to promote healthy produce and improve working conditions.
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