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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
USDA plan to speed up poultry-processing lines could increase risk of bird abuse
The Washington Post - 10/29/2013.
By Kimberly Kindy - Nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses, often because fast-moving lines fail to kill the birds before they are dropped into scalding water, Agriculture Department records show.
GMO food-label vote may have consequences in Congress
The Seattle Times - 10/29/2013.
By Kyung M. Song - Washington: If Washington voters ratify Initiative 522 next week, the biggest changes may go beyond the state’s grocery shelves, where food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients would be labeled as such.
Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors
Environmental Working Group - 10/28/2013.
Lists 12 of the worst hormone disrupters, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them. Included are organophosphate insecticides and the herbicide atrazine.
Less than 20% of consumers account for almost half of organic sales
Food Navigator USA - 10/28/2013.
By Maggie Hennessy - Across the board, consumers are embracing natural and organic products more and more, with natural/organic retail sales reaching $81.3 billion in 2012, up 13.5% from the year before.
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