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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
Foster Farms apologizes for salmonella outbreak
Los Angeles Times - 10/18/2013.
By David Pierson and Tiffany Hsu - Poultry producer Foster Farms says it has already reaped rewards from new safety measures after a salmonella outbreak this month.
A new method against genetically modified salmon: Get retailers to refuse to sell it
The Washington Post - 10/18/2013.
By Brady Dennis - Consumer and environmental activists, facing likely defeat in their bid to block government approval of the first genetically engineered salmon, are trying a different tack to keep the fish off America’s dinner plates: Getting retailers not to sell it. And they’re making headway.
Pepsi, Coke, Nestle top multi-million-dollar campaign against I-522
Seattle Post Intelligencer - 10/18/2013.
By Joel Connelly - Pepsico, Coca-Cola and NestleUSA have each put up more than $1 million to defeat Washington’s Initiative 522, money the food industry giants channeled through a “Defense of Brands Strategic Account,” set up by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) so companies would leave no footprints.
Argentines Link Health Problems to Agrochemicals
Aurora Advocate (Kent, Ohio) - 10/18/2013.
By Michael Warren, AP - Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi was never trained to handle pesticides. His job was to keep the crop-dusters flying by filling their tanks as quickly as possible, although it often meant getting drenched in poison.
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