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Sugarcane: The Miracle Biofuel?

By Max Ajl

Jun 8, 2009

Furthermore, horrific working conditions on sugarcane plantations are systemic. As Brazilian sociologist Maria Aparecida de Moraes Silva comments, cane workers are paid by the quantity harvested:

They work eight not nine hours daily, intensely, from Monday to Saturday. They lose six kilos over the course of the harvest and required to cut, minimally, 12 tons of cane. Cutting 10 tons requires 9,700 cuts, under intense heat, wearing pants, ankle protectors, shoes, gloves, long-sleeves shirts, and hats with scarves.

This is the miracle agro-fuel?

sugar cane

By the way do you know that Sugar Cane crop of Brazil  (2009) was the biggest crop (by weight) than any crop , anywhere, ever?  I am writing an article about sugar cane on my blog right now.

Labor issues in sugar cane

You should update your article. The sugar cane industry has been improving labor practices and deserves credit. Take a look at this link, http://bit.ly/8EtGHM , and read "One is the RenovAção (RenovAction) Project, a powerful response to a reality that presents itself through the relentless expansion of sugarcane harvesting mechanization. The result of the combined forces of UNICA, the Federation of Salaried Rural Workers of the State of São Paulo (FERAESP) and companies of international scope – Syngenta, Case and John Deere, with support from the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) –, the project will requalify 7,000 people per year, mostly sugarcane cutters, in order to equip them to either take on other jobs within the sugarcane industry or perform in other sectors, in which there is a demand for labor in their communities."

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