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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
Is the IPCC right on climate change? Just ask the world's farmers
The Guardian [UK] - 9/27/2013.
By John Vidal - Observations by farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America confirm reports of rising temperatures and extreme weather.
‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Killed In Senate: Controversial Provision Removed From Spending Bill
International Business Times - 9/27/2013.
By Connor Adams Sheets - The so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” has been removed from a Senate spending bill to the delight of those opposed to the controversial provision.
USDA Report Shows Prairie Loss Across Country
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - 9/27/2013.
A new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency (FSA) shows that grasslands, woodlands, and other non-cropland are being rapidly converted to cropland across the country. In just one year (2011-2012), nearly 400,000 acres were “broken out” for crop production.
USDA Refuses to Investigate Illegal GMO Contamination
Center for Food Safety - 9/27/2013.
Center for Food Safety (CFS) today filed a formal legal petition demanding action from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on behalf of Washington State farmers and CFS members, Joseph and Michelle Peila, whose conventional alfalfa crop was rejected for export after it tested positive for contamination by the Monsanto Company’s genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. The petition demands that the agency open an investigation and take regulatory action. The events illustrate the flawed assumptions of USDA’s recently announced policy toward GE contamination, “co-existence,” which CFS has repeatedly characterized as an ill-advised sanctioning of transgenic contamination.
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