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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
Multi-Toxin Biotech Crops Not Silver Bullets, Scientists Warn
Science Daily - 3/29/2013.
The popular new strategy of planting genetically engineered crops that make two or more toxins to fend off insect pests rests on assumptions that don't always apply, UA researchers have discovered. Their study helps explain why one major pest is evolving resistance much faster than predicted and offers ideas for more sustainable pest control.
Spring: where has it gone?
The Guardian [UK] - 3/29/2013.
By Patrick Barkham - A hall of fame for creatures able to withstand the wildest extremes of weather would almost certainly be graced by puffins, Welsh mountain sheep and hill farmers. This week, however, violent easterly winds and drifting snow made a mockery of spring, and battered the most resilient living things in Britain.
Haiti to plant millions of trees to boost forests and help tackle poverty
The Guardian [UK] - 3/28/2013.
By Rashmee Roshan Lall - Haiti aims to plant 50m trees a year in a pioneering reforestation campaign to address one of the primary causes of the country's poverty and ecological vulnerability. President Michel Martelly will launch the drive to double forest cover by 2016 from the perilous level of 2% - one of the lowest rates in the world.
10 cost-friendly organic foods
KMSP-TV Minneapolis - St. Paul - 3/28/2013.
The documentary "Food Stamped” says a couple living on food stamps can afford a well-balanced, organic diet by buying in bulk, buying non-brand-name ingredients and/or buying directly from the farmer. As of March 8, 47.6 million Americans used food stamps.
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