Brazil offers helping hand for ethanol production
Animal livestock industry should not fear the emphasis on ethanol as a new
This claim was made by the Brazilian former agricultural minister Roberto
Rodrigues on Wednesday (13 June, 2007), calling the feed vs fuel discussion 'a
Speaking for over 300 attendants at the 4th Agri Vision conference, organised
by animal feed company Nutreco in Noordwijk-aan-Zee, the Netherlands earlier
this week, Rodrigues explained about his country's possibilities to grow
sugarcane for ethanol production.
In his view, Brazil still has a lot of acreage to offer when it comes down to
future sugarcane production. He suggested using some of the pasture fields to
grow sugarcane in the future, by rotation of culture as sugarcane is a
"We can grow 230 billion litres of ethanol, that is about 10% of the
consumption of gasoline, without any problem for food availability."
Fiercely he reacted to sounds from those who feared the Amazon rain forest
would suffer from these initiatives.
"A stupidity," he called it, adding that "there is simply no sugarcane in the
Amazon region because of the rain. Even if we had wanted to grow sugarcane or
any other crop over there, it is not possible."
Sugarcane, grown in tropical regions, is a much more efficient crop for
ethanol production than corn.
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