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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 Good, The Bad, The Monopoly: GMO's
Machias Valley News Observer - 11/23/2013.
Genetically modified agriculture has been a topic for discussion since the first commercial introduction in 1996. Today, genetically modified crops have skyrocketed, particularly in the United States, and are causing huge concerns among farmers as well as consumers.
Brunswick Farmers’ Market: the root of your locavore dinner
The Bowdoin Orient - 11/22/2013.
By Frannie Gurzenda and Emily Stewart - Every Tuesday and Thursday, fifteen local food vendors set up stalls along the Mall in downtown Brunswick to sell their day’s bounty. From seasonal produce to oven-fresh baked goods, the Brunswick Farmers’ Market provides a wide variety of local Maine fare. Every week, rain or shine, food enthusiasts come flooding to sample homegrown staples such as garlic-marinated goat cheese curds and hearty Sumatra roast coffee.
Food Labeling Laws: It’s a Matter of ‘When’ Not ‘If’
Daily Ticker - 11/22/2013.
By Morgan Korn - Meats must have Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) as of Nov. 23 – 11 years after Congress approved such labeling.
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
The New York Times - 11/22/2013.
By Jim Robbins - Monarchs return to Mexico late and in very low numbers. Roundup herbicide and sterilized landscapes are partly to blame. Mace Vaughan of the Xerces Society encourages rebuilding native plant communities: “If you’ve got just lawn grass, you’ve got nothing.” Supporting bees and other pollinators is part of food security, says the article.
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