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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
High use of antibiotics overlaps with obesity rates in the Midwest and South
The Kansas City Star - 11/24/2013.
By Scott Canon - Livestock producers have long been using tiny doses of antibiotics in their herds to grow bigger animals faster. Antibiotic use in humans may have the same effect.
Bee vectoring is the latest buzz in organic food
The Province (British Columbia) - 11/24/2013.
By Paul MacDonald - Researchers are looking at using bees to deliver beneficial microbes to plants.
Gobble local! Everything from bird to pie can be found right here (or within a short waddle)
Sun Journal - 11/24/2013.
By Bonnie Washuk - While we make lists of what to pick up and cook for Thanksgiving, the “buy local” movement is going strong.
Maine cranberry growers say it’s hard to stay out of the red
Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/24/2013.
By Mary Pols - There wasn’t a thing wrong with Dresden farmer David Popp’s cranberries this year. They colored up nicely and there was plenty of fruit, arriving not too early, not too late. Yet he mowed down most of his 3.5 acres of vines while they were covered in the dark red berries, harvesting only about 3,000 pounds instead of the usual 60,000 to 70,000.
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