Maple syrup and weather – level 3
Maple syrup is in higher demand than ever before; however, it comes at a time when rising temperatures are threatening the industry and pushing production farther north.
It’s deep winter in Canada; however, it’s so warm on the northern fringe of the Quebec maple groves that tree sap has already started flowing. Such mild trends could boost Alan Bryson’s syrup-making operation, unlike with his southernmost US counterparts.
Bryson’s yields have more than doubled in the past decade, and changing weather led to 2022 being his best year ever. US farmers are at the greatest risk. Data predicts that if temperatures don’t remain stable, maple sugaring areas could shrink. Milder temperatures mean that sap is less sweet and it takes more effort to produce maple syrup.
Difficult words: sap (the fluid that circulates in a plant or tree), counterpart (another person or organization that has a similar function in a different place), shrink (to become smaller).
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What are the possible ramifications of the global maple syrup crisis on the two industrial producers, Bryson and US farmers, according to the data?
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