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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
Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality by Shifting Fatty Acid Composition
PLOS One - 12/9/2013.
By Charles Benbrook et al. - We report results of the first large-scale, nationwide study of fatty acids in U.S. organic and conventional milk. Averaged over 12 months, organic milk contained 25% less ω-6 fatty acids and 62% more ω-3 fatty acids than conventional milk, yielding a 2.5-fold higher ω-6/ω-3 ratio in conventional compared to organic milk (5.77 vs. 2.28).
Landmark legal case will probe the link between Parkinson's disease and insecticide sprays used on long-haul flights
Herald Sun (Melbourne) - 12/9/2013.
By Matthew Benns - Long-haul flight attendants who have been forced to spray insecticide through aircraft cabins every time they landed in Australia fear the chemicals may have given them Parkinson's disease.
Preventing GMO Contamination in Your Open-Pollinated Corn
Seed Savers Exchange - 12/9/2013.
By Tor Janson and Steve Carlson - “The main lesson here is that if you are saving corn seed in the corn belt, it is extremely difficult to prevent GMO cross-pollination without doing hand-pollination.”
Maine food production model
The Maine Campus - 12/8/2013.
By Cameron Paquette - Community and local food systems were the focus at the first Maine Food Summit at Wells Conference Center on Friday. In a state where 24.1 percent of children under the age of 16 live in a food insecure household, obtaining sustainable food security in the aging state of Maine was an important topic for speakers at the summit.
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