The first thing we think about Brazil in the context of alternative energy is sugar cane and ethanol.
In the last growing season Brazil producer 596 million tons of sugar cane, a feat that secured Brazil’s position as the largest sugar cane grower in the world. About 55% of the crop was used to producer ethanol and the balance ended up as sugar. Brazil’s sugar cane industry association has predicted that despite a severe drought, the 2014-2015 growing season will be even more productive with expected sugar cane production in the range 632 million tons to 636 million tons. About 40% of Brazil’s sugar cane is produced by a highly populated group of independent farmers. [Read more...]