Sugarcrops offer production alternatives to food, such as livestock feed, fibre and energy, particularly biofuels (sugar-based ethanol)
and/or co-generation of electricity (cane bagasse). Sugarcane is generally regarded as one of the most significant and efficient sources
of biomass for biofuel production. Stronger linkages between world sugar and oil prices have emerged, driven in part by the relationships
between sugar as the primary ethanol feedstock in Brazil, the world’s dominant producer of sugarcane-based ethanol in the world.
A wide range of environmental and social issues are connected with sugar production and processing, and sugarcrop growers, processors,
plus energy and food companies, are seeking ways to address concerns related to sugar production, biofuels and sustainability.
Currently more than 130 countries produce either sugarcane or sugar beet, and ten of these produce sugar from both cane and beet crops.
Sugarcane, on average, accounts for about 80% of global sugar production. Production has become increasingly concentrated. In 1980 the
top ten producing countries accounted for 56% of global, whereas in 2016 the top ten accounted for 76%.
11,000 family farmers grow sugar on 2 million acres.
Sugar generates 142,000 jobs and adds $20 billion to the economy.
|North Dakota||14,324||$1.78 billion|
|New York||1,105||$292 million|