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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 issue safety warning over GM food as Government pushes for public acceptance of controversial crop
Daily Mail [UK] - 10/20/2013.
By Sean Poulter - Eighty-five scientists have joined forces to challenge the claims of biotech giants and the UK government that GM food is safe for humans.
Argentina: Case Study in Perils of Pesticide-Heavy GMO-Crop Boom
Common Dreams - 10/20/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - New reporting by the Associated Press highlights the health problems afflicting Argentinians since the rise of biotech farming and becoming the world's third largest soybean producer. According to AP's investigation, farmers in the Latin American country use twice as much pesticide per acre as farmers in the US, and those agrotoxins may be applied by farmers not wearing protective gear and may drift into homes and schools. The pesticide containers may also end up resold, posing a public health threat.
GMO Seeds Grow Into Big Fight on Kauai
PBS - 10/20/2013.
By Megan Thompson - The Hawaiian island of Kauai is known as the garden isle, luring hundreds of thousands of tourists to its lush northern shores. But fewer make it down to the drier southwest side, home to many native Hawaiians, who’ve lived here for generations…and where farming has always been a way of life.
AP PHOTOS: Agrochemicals worry Argentines
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/20/2013.
In this April 1, 2013 photo, Aixa Cano, 5, who has hairy moles all over her body that doctors can't explain, sits on a stoop outside her home in Avia Terai, in Chaco province, Argentina. Although it’s nearly impossible to prove, doctors say Aixa’s birth defect may be linked to agrochemicals. In Chaco, children are four times more likely to be born with devastating birth defects since biotechnology dramatically expanded farming in Argentina. Chemicals routinely contaminate homes, classrooms and drinking water. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko, AP
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