Ten thousand people are employed in the Quebec maple syrup biz; It preserves the forests and is a great tradition. 75% of the world's maple syrup is tapped in Quebec, and much of it goes into the "Strategic Reserve" (I'm not kidding) run by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. Given how much trouble the industry is in due to climate change, the theft of 10 million pounds of syrup is a huge blow.
One has to wonder how one walks out of a building with 10 million pounds of anything, but that is another story. According to the Globe and Mail,
Sylvain Charlebois, who researches food policy at the University of Guelph, said any disruption in the maple syrup supply could damage hard-earned gains the industry has made in global markets. The federation has been working particularly hard to build a market for the product in Asia, where it’s less well known. “If they’re not concerned, they should be,” he said of the federation. “This is such a fragile industry, and any loss on the supply side could be devastating.”
The usually dreadful comments in the Globe and Mail are hilarious.
[Voice of Eric Cartman]: "Looks like we got ourselves a sticky situation."
That's what happens when you've hit Peak Syrup.
We cannot allow the RCMP to waffle in their pursuit of these criminals. They should offer a sweet reward for information.