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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
The Goodman Affair: Monsanto Targets the Heart of Science
Independent Science News - 5/20/2013.
By Claire Robinson and Jonathan Latham, Ph.D. - Conflicts of interest of editors and editorial boards of peer-reviewed scientific publications interfere with honest evaluation of genetically engineered foods. No surprise, but Robinson and Latham document the problem well.
Farm bills a mixed bag for Mainers
Portland Press Herald - 5/20/2013.
By Kevin Miller - Washington: Congress is preparing to debate major farm and food policy bills that would likely cut funding to programs used by many low-income Mainers but could separately provide a boost to Maine's thriving local foods movement.
'Monsanto Protection Act' Repeal Effort Officially Backed By Sen. Jeff Merkley
Huffington Post - 5/20/2013.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) confirmed on Sunday that he is proposing an amendment to the upcoming farm bill that would eliminate the "Monsanto Protection Act."
'End the Dictatorship': Senator Leads Call to Repeal 'Monsanto Protection Act'
Common Dreams - 5/20/2013.
By Lauren McCauley - Following the recent passage of a law dubbed derisively by its critics as the 'Monsanto Protection Act', environmentalists and legislators are standing up against the biotech giant and their "dictatorship over seeds, over life, over food and over our freedom."
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