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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
U.S. meat labels to detail animal’s origin; Canada, Mexico raise concern
The Washington Post - 5/24/2013.
By Peter Whoriskey - New USDA regulations are the latest move in a trade dispute that has pitted U.S. consumer groups, which favor the labels, against free-trade advocates, who say the regulations are biased against cattle and pork from Canada and Mexico.
Marijuana Pesticide Contamination Becomes Health Concern As Legalization Spreads
Huffington Post - 5/24/2013.
By Lynne Peeples - When pesticides are used on Cannabis, they may get into the bodies of people smoking the product.
Star investigation: Drugged horses slipping through ‘inadequate’ food system
Toronto Star - 5/24/2013.
By Mary Ormsby and Dale Brazao - The horse "passport" Canada relies on to keep toxic meat off dinner tables around the world is open to fraud and error, a Star investigation has found, confirming the findings of an international audit.
New rules for labeling meat go into effect in US
US News & World Report - 5/23/2013.
By M. L. Johnson, AP - New federal labeling rules that went into effect on Thursday require labels on cuts of meat to say where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. Earlier USDA rules only required labeling with countries of origin; the new label will specify, for instance, "Born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States."
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