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Discussion Board - Question for maple producers

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Donald Lehman

03-03-2014 07:00:11

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hey guys,

My wife was watching the news this morning and it was reported that the Oscar nominees recieved a gift package worth "$80,000". In this package was a container (looked to be around a quart) of "organic" maple syrup worth $250. Is there really such a designation as "organic" maple syrup and what exactly are the rules governing what constitutes "organic" maple syrup?

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04-18-2014 12:12:08

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 Re: Question for maple producers in reply to Donald Lehman, 03-03-2014 07:00:11  
The term "organic" has been completely high-jacked from the field of chemistry. All it really indicates IMHO is "carbon-containing"...besides I'll start eating "natural foods" when folks stop dying of "natural causes".

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Donald Lehman

03-04-2014 04:54:32

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 Re: Question for maple producers in reply to Donald Lehman, 03-03-2014 07:00:11  

Did some research later in the day and there are restrictions abut not being able to tap any trees that have been exposed to any bug killers etc. Like you siad, it's mostly about paying some weasel to certify you and covincing the uninformed public they are getting something special. Seems kind of unethical to me, but then the whole organic food thing is pretty much hokum to start with.

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03-03-2014 17:40:17

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 Re: Question for maple producers in reply to Donald Lehman, 03-03-2014 07:00:11  
Poor reporting, as you might expect from the teevee.

3 overpriced containers at $50 each, plus some other products (salad dressing, mustard) from the same company to bring the inflated price to $250. It's still inflated, but that's how you make money off a brand name without needing volume sales - you just need enough well-heeled suckers.

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Most maple syrup is pretty-much organic, but of course "modern" "organic" labeling is mostly about paying some weasel for "certification" and may have some effect on things you can and can't do, or use, in production - e.g., defoamers must be "organic" defoamers. Those may vary by state, country &/or certifier. Some of the whackier ones I've heard are not being able to use tree paint, and tapping size restrictions that are "well meaning" but also mean you can't tap a small tree you plan to cull "because it's too small to tap safely" when you have no interest in the long-term survival of that tree (and it's just fine to cull it - but not to tap it before culling it. :roll: )

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