Is maple syrup sustainable?
Maple syrup is pure and natural, and producers must adhere to strict guidelines and standards set forth by Canadian law and the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers throughout the production process. Each maple harvest season, the sugar trees are tapped in a slightly different area than the previous year, preserving the health and enforcing the sustainable growth of the trees. The Canadian ‘Preservation of Agricultural Land and Agricultural Activities’ Act (i.e., Loi sur la protection du territoire et des activités agricoles) forbids cutting down an entire maple grove in an agricultural zone.
In addition, a study conducted in 2016 by Groupe AGÉCO and the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers revealed that forests in Quebec currently in use for the production of maple goods are ecological powerhouses. These forests, generally protected under Quebec law, provide $844 million in ecosystem services that are “useful and essential to human well-being and do not, in many cases, have any man-made substitute.”
Right now, the total economic value of the entire maple forest is $2.1 billion USD ($2.7 billion Canadian Dollars), and it offsets the carbon emissions from 770,000 vehicles each year, or one-third of the vehicles in New York City.