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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
US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender
Reuters - 5/30/2013.
By Naveen Thukral and Risa Maeda - A strain of genetically modified wheat found in the United States fuelled concerns over food supplies across Asia on Thursday, with major importer Japan cancelling a tender offer to buy U.S. grain.
Genetically modified wheat: Japan postpones order from Portland grain shipper, investigation continues
The Oregonian - 5/30/2013.
By Eric Mortenson - Japan, the biggest importer of soft white wheat grown in Oregon and Washington, postponed a 25,000-ton order from a Portland grain shipper Thursday, the first market fallout after the discovery of genetically engineered wheat plants growing in an eastern Oregon field where they shouldn't have been.
For Farmers Fearing Drought, Auroville Offers Some Lessons
The New York Times - 5/30/2013.
By Anupama Chandrasekaran - Now that June is right around the corner, farmers and economists in India are anxiously awaiting the arrival of monsoon season, which will bring up to 80 percent of the country’s annual rainfall. They have good reason to worry: with the agriculture sector contributing nearly 15 percent to India’s gross domestic product last fiscal year, a lackluster monsoon could be disastrous for farmers and, in turn, the wider economy.
Foraging for Beach Greens with Andrew Taylor
Portland Press Herald - 5/30/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens - More and more people are becoming invested in finding ways to eat healthier, strengthen their local food systems, and in general are paying closer attention to where their food comes from. As this happens, they are also finding opportunities to educate themselves and their children about what they eat. What better way than starting in your backyard?
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