Global leaders are searching for clean, renewable options to provide energy and reduce petroleum use. Sugarcane has emerged as an important alternative for meeting those needs. This powerful plant is grown in more than 100 countries and holds the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify energy supplies and create jobs.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at a working sugarcane mill in Brazil. Our virtual tour will guide you through the stages of cultivation, harvesting and production as you learn all about sugar, ethanol, bioelectricity and the daily lives of sugarcane workers. Take the tour.
One Plant, Many Products
Humans have cultivated sugarcane for many centuries to produce sugar. But only recently has high-tech innovation started unlocking other useful products that are clean and renewable. Learn how sugarcane can now provide food, energy, packaging and more.
- Unlocking the Power of Sugarcane
In 2010/11, Brazil produced 620 million tons of sugarcane, which yielded 38 million tons of sugar and 27.4 billion liters (7.2 billion gallons) of ethanol. That makes Brazil the world's largest sugar producer and second largest ethanol producer, behind the United States. Find the latest harvest and export data in our media center.