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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
Breakdown of GMO Labeling Laws in Each Country
Nation of Change - 7/31/2013.
By Mike Barrett - Are you aware of the GMO labeling laws implemented around the world? While the United States and Canada have virtually no GE food labeling laws, countries like Russia, Australia, Italy, and more have mandatory labeling of nearly all GE foods.
Adapting to Stress: Early Exposure Gives Amphibians Higher Tolerance To Pesticides
KQED - 7/31/2013.
By Liza Gross - Earlier this year, aquatic ecologist Rick Relyea found that frogs living close to farms were less sensitive to the insecticide chlorpyrifos (but not Roundup), suggesting an ability to evolve resistance to at least one pesticide.
Federal EPA supports Maine's bid to change air pollution regulation
Sun Journal - 7/31/2013.
By Scott Thistle - Lewiston: A proposal by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection seeking to exempt industry from a state air-pollution regulation has the support of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
National Organic Program – Organic Milk Operations
USDA - 7/30/2013.
(Download) OIG reviewed how the Agricultural Marketing Service, through the National Organic Program, implemented the access to pasture rule for organic dairy cattle. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) generally found that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) successfully implemented the access to pasture rule as part of its National Organic Program (NOP), but we did identify several areas where the agency could make improvements.
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