Vermont lawmakers struggle over sap

Boston Globe – February 9, 2013

Will state change syrup labeling to cater to markets?

MONTPELIER — Would fancy grade maple syrup by any other name taste as sweet?

Vermont lawmakers are pondering that question as they consider whether to drop the state’s traditional maple labeling system in favor of an international one.

The change pits tradition versus a desire to be a bigger player in world markets. Vermont is the No. 1 maple syrup producer in the United States, but its unique labeling standards put it at odds with the other big producers, including Canada…

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