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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
Kauai Mayor Vetoes Pesticide and GMO Disclosure Bill
Civil Beat (Honolulu) - 10/31/2013.
By Sophie Cocke - In the latest volley in a tense battle over a recently passed bill that would require biotech companies to disclose details about their pesticide use and farmers to acknowledge their genetically engineered crops, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho vetoed it on Thursday.
Launch of Global Initiative: Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition
CGIAR - 10/31/2013.
The CGIAR Consortium is pleased to announce their support for the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative launched today at the Open Government Partnership in London. It is the first global open data initiative spanning across public and private entities including donors, international organizations and businesses.
F.D.A. Finds 12% of U.S. Spice Imports Contaminated
The New York Times - 10/30/2013.
By Gardiner Harris - About 12 percent of spices brought to the United States are contaminated with insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and other things, according to an analysis of spice imports by federal food authorities.
Poultry markets in China 'are vast bird flu reservoir'
BBC News - 10/30/2013.
By James Gallagher - Closing live poultry markets in China dramatically curtailed the spread of a novel strain of bird flu this year, according to an analysis.
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