Recent trends in the Sugarcane Industry

THE SUGARCANE INDUSTRY AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS

A report by the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights
Monday 15 October 2012 by LRAN

This article presents information on the latest trends in ethanol production in Brazil and their relation to the global economic crisis. We highlight the role of financial capital, its linkage to the territorial expansion of agribusiness and the impacts of this expansion on labour relations and disputes over the land of indigenous peoples and peasant farmers.

In rural Brazil, we have observed that the expansion of monocropping for the production of agrofuels, namely sugarcane ethanol, continues. Ethanol made from sugarcane is said to be Brazil’s main source of agro-energy, considering the volume produced, the total area used for sugarcane production and the amount invested in the expansion of the sugar-energy industrial park. Data from the National Supply Company (Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento or CONAB in Portuguese) allow us to observe recent trends in the amount of sugarcane processed in order to produce sugar and ethanol

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Authors: Maria Luisa Mendonça; Fábio T. Pitta; Carlos Vinicius Xavier

Translation: Karen Lang, Transnational Institute (TNI)

Photos: Carmelo Fioraso; Douglas Mansur and Maria Luisa Mendonça

Layout: Flávio Valverde

Administration: Marta Soares and Claudia Felippe

Sponsors: ICCO & Kerk in Actie; EED - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst

Publisher: Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos Rua Heitor Peixoto, 218 São Paulo, SP, 01543-000 rede@social.org.br www.social.org.br Editora Outras Expressões ISBN 978-85-64421-34-9 São Paulo, 2012

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