A couple of weeks past my eye was drawn to a special on maple syrup - obviously making room for this year's coming product. We are talking a major-chain house brand here - 2 items side-by-side on the shelf differing only by their labels: one of them stated "organic" and carried a $2 premium for a purchase less than $10.
How is this possible? A producer typically does syrup as a sideline to general farming here in Canada - probably the same in the States, no?
The maples are not cultivated or managed, or are they?
They are not sprayed, fertilized or modified. The woodlot where I buy my syrup is older than me and older than pesticides.
Some claims cite purity in that the product is non-blended. What do we have if 2 organic syrups are blended?
Maple Syrup is a "found" food it seems to me with little or no industrial intervention. Or am I wrong?
How is the term "organic" justified and applied here?