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Burglars Strike Strategic Canadian Maple Syrup Reserves

Submitted by on September 1, 2012 – 10:28 amNo Comment

Think fast: Which of the following statements are false?

1) Canada maintains strategic maple syrup reserves to help stabilize international prices.

2) Those reserves were burglarized this week.

3) A representative adorably explained that the burglarized warehouse had been guarded “by a fence and locks.”

4) This is the most Canadian thing to happen since the hockey gold medal in Vancouver.

Trick question: those are all true. In a news story that is not, in fact, a plot line about Robin from How I Met Your Mother, Quebec’s strategic maple syrup reserves were compromised this week, throwing the world’s maple syrup markets into peril.

Det. Guy LeFleur of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is leading the investigation, with the help of his trusty steed Poutine and a wisecracking beaver. He states that he intends to pursue the criminals aggressively, but politely, and then prosecute them to the full extent of the law (mandated group therapy and promising never ever to do it again).

Okay, I made up that last paragraph.

According to the CBC, the theft occurred at a warehouse in  St-Louis-de-Blandford, 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) northeast of Quebec. The facility holds over one tenth of the Quebec’s 2012 harvest, but it seems like only a portion of this was affected. The Sûreté du Québec (Quebec provincial police) are investigating.

Quebec produces two-thirds of the world’s maple syrup. American producers had a dreadful harvest this year due to an incredibly mild winter, but Quebec was mostly unaffected.

Canada Newswire points out that the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers does not administer an “official” strategic supply reserve; but by representing 10,000 producers and bolstering prices during weak harvests, their supply essential acts as such.

What do you think- is this a conspiracy by American producers? Or maybe Mrs. Butterworth is trying to drive people to imitation syrup?

[via Gawker]

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