Carbon-neutral maple syrup, anyone?
AFKO, the Francophone organization in my community, just finished celebrating their annual sugar shack celebrations, which happened virtually for the second year in a row. I wrote about these celebrations last year in my blog post “The cabane à sucre must go on”.
This year I thought I’d look into the maple syrup industry.
Maple syrup is made by boiling maple sap for many hours until it reduces. If fuel oil is used to do the heating, a lot of greenhouse gases are created in the process. At the moment, about half of the medium-sized maple syrup producers in Quebec use fuel oil to process maple syrup.
Ecocert helps producers make the transition to new energy-efficient equipment which does not generate greenhouse gases. If greenhouse gases are generated, the producer can buy carbon credits to offset them.
Maple syrup is a $1 billion industry in Canada, and Quebec produces three-quarters of the world's maple syrup. Due to great weather, maple syrup producers had a banner year in 2021, and demand has been up by 20%.
Catherine Fisher, blogger
Photo: Albert Martin at maple syrup time near Fernleigh- unknown date.