Environmental Benefits

How Quebec Maple Syrup Supports Healthy, Sustainable Food Systems

Healthy, sustainable food systems provide nutrient-rich, affordable, and culturally acceptable foods to all, while reducing the environmental impacts of bringing food to our tables.1,2

Maple syrup is a distinctive product of Quebec, Canada. Its producers help preserve the history and tradition of Quebec’s maple production while caring for the forests year-after-year.

Environment

Quebec maple forests shelter trees and biodiversity, store carbon, and provide valuable ecosystem services.

Economic

Maple syrup production supports local livelihoods and empowers women producers while meeting growing global demand.

Social

Maple syrup is a culturally iconic food enjoyed by millions of households globally in a variety of dishes.

Health

100% pure maple syrup is a source of a number of vitamins and minerals and when consumed in moderation, can be part of a healthy, sustainable diet.

Environment

Ecosystem Benefits of Quebec’s Maple Forests

From regulating the climate to providing valuable forest products, Quebec’s maple forests provide often overlooked ecosystem benefits.3

REGULATING

Climate Control
Air Quality
Erosion Control
Biological Control
Pollination
Water Quality
Water Supply

Supply

Maple Sap
Other Forest Products

CULTURAL

Recreation
Education
Aesthetic Values
Cultural Values

THE POWER OF ONE

Maple trees currently used for maple production produce $1.6 billion CAD of ecosystem services each year but if all maple forests in Quebec were used in maple production, they would generate at least $8.4 billion CAD in total value per year.3
When you use
1 tsp. of a Maple
Product...
instead of 1 tsp. of
another sweetener
each day for a year...
you put 1.3 maple trees
into production – and
under protection.4

Protecting Biodiversity through Habitat Preservation

hectares of land are
protected through maple
forests in Quebec.5
Canadian maple forests provide a home for a variety of species through protected habitat, supporting rich biodiversity for years to come.
threatened, vulnerable and likely to be designated as threatened or vulnerable wildlife species can potentially be found in Canadian maple forests.3
threatened, vulnerable and likely to be designated as threatened or vulnerable plant species can potentially be found in Canadian maple forests.3

HOW MAPLE PRODUCTION HELPS REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS

The amount of carbon absorbed and stored in Quebec’s maple-producing forests is equivalent to the quantity of emissions from…
Gallons of Gasoline
Consumed/Year 6
OR
Vehicles/Year 3
Maple forests in Quebec are an important source of carbon storage, helping to reduce global climate change.
Quebec’s maple syrup-producing forests store 743,674 metric tons of carbon each year — that’s over 11 times more carbon than the maple syrup production process releases.3

Economic

Local Businesses, Global Impact

Canadian maple production is supporting local economies and empowering women, while meeting growing global demand for maple syrup.
full-time equivalent
jobs created.7
of maple syrup
producers are women.8,9
of maple syrup
production worldwide.9*
of Canada’s domestic
production is in Quebec.9
Quebec maple industry’s contribution to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020.9
pounds of maple syrup produced annually.9*
more taps needed by 2080 to meet global demand.10 Quebec has 192M potential taps available for future production.3
*average of the last five years

Social

Past and Present:
A Key Part of Canada’s Culture and Community

From “sugar season” to artisan practices shared across generations, maple production is deeply ingrained in Canada’s culture, supporting recreation, education, and heritage.11

RECREATION

Sugar Party
Cabin Meal
Visit to Sugar Shack(s)

HERITAGE

Sugar Season
Multi-Generational Maple Producers

EDUCATION

Artisan Production Practices
Sugar Apprentices

Versatile, Rich Flavor Enjoyed Across the Globe

With its rich flavor, pure maple syrup can be used in both sweet and savory culinary applications in many types of cuisines, or as a replacement for other sweeteners.12,13

Quebec maple syrup’s unique flavor is part of diets in households across the globe14

Health

Straight from the Source and Provides Beneficial Nutrients

Maple syrup is derived directly from the maple tree’s sap and provides beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Good source

of Copper.15
Copper is a factor in the maintenance of good health.15

Excellent source

of Manganese and Riboflavin (B2).15
Manganese is a factor in energy metabolism.15
bioactive phytochemicals with potential health benefits.16
Riboflavin is a factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation.15
Quebec Maple Syrup Producers invests in nutrition research to explore new uses and expand the knowledge base of nutritional benefits from pure maple syrup.
invested in nutrition research annually.

1. Healthy diet: A definition for the United Nations Food Systems Summit. The Scientific Group for the UN Food Systems Summit. March 2021.

2. Food Systems – Definition, Concept and Application for the UN Food Systems Summit. The Scientific Group for the UN Food Systems Summit. March 2021.

3. Groupe AGÉCO. Evaluation of Ecosystem Goods and Services Related to the Quebec Sugar Bush. March 2022.

4. Calculated by Groupe AGÉCO and extracted from the 2019 Dossier economique for yield per tap. 2019.

5. Calculated by Groupe AGÉCO based on the average number of taps and taps per hectare, including total hectares that are exploited and not exploited. 2022.

6. Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). March 2022.

7. Éco-Ressources. 2009.

8. PPAQ-Feuille d’érable Database.

9. Québec Maple Syrup Producers. All Set for the New Season! Working Today for Tomorrow.

10. Québec Maple Syrup Producers. Québec needs 168 Million Taps by 2080 and a Silvicultural Approach that Respects the Forest Capital of our Sugar Bush. Feb 2021.

11. Cultural heritage - Minister Nathalie Roy designates the traditions of the sugar season as part of Québec's intangible heritage. Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications. April 2021.

12. Québec Maple Syrup Producers. British Summer Fruit Trifle with Maple. Accessed from: https://www.maplefromcanada.co.uk/recipes/british-summer-fruit-trifle/.

13. Québec Maple Syrup Producers. Beef and Noodle Stir Fry with Maple Asian Greens. Accessed from: https://www.maplefromcanada.co.uk/recipes/beef-and-noodle-stir-fry-with-maple-asian-greens/.

14. Québec Maple Syrup Producers. Maple and Economic Development. Accessed from: https://ppaq.ca/en/sale-purchase-maple-syrup/mapleeconomic-development/.

15. Nutrient content and health claim regulations vary from country to country. These source statements are based on regulations set forth by Health Canada. Accessed from: https://inspection.canada.ca/food-label-requirements/labelling/industry/health-claims-on-food-labels/eng/1392834838383/1392834887794?chap=9.

16. Mohammed et al., Chemical composition and mineralogical residence of maple syrup: A comprehensive review. Food Chemistry 374 (2022) 131817.

Nutrition