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Sugarcane Case Study
The US consumes the most sweeteners of any country in the world. In the US, high-fructose syrup is made from corn, which has displaced some sugarcane production for sugar for US market. Sugarcane production, however, has continued to increase in Brazil, the biggest sugarcane producer in the world. Sugarcane is a C4 perennial crop in the grass family and its not grown for just for sugar as a food sweetener.
Activate Your Learning
Watch this United Nations video below, about the factors contributing to increased sugarcane production and some of the consequences. Then answer the questions below.
Video: Brazil: The ethanol revolution (4:55)
If the video does not play, please see Brazil: The ethanol revolution (United Nations).
Explain two factors that explain why sugarcane production has increased in Brazil.