Sugar cane is a tropical and subtropical crop that originated in New Guinea and India and is now grown in more than 70 countries across the world. Approximately half of the world’s sugar cane is grown in India and Brazil.Continue Reading
Sugar cane grows well in areas that receive a lot of sun and water and that have well-drained soil. It takes sugar cane approximately a full year to reach maturity, but in some places, including Louisiana, it can reach maturity in as little as 6 months. Once the cane reaches maturity, it is harvested by chopping down the stems while leaving the roots to re-grow.
The cane is taken to the factory where the sugar is extracted. The first step in the process involves removing the cane juice, which is done using a wringer or large roller mills. The juice is dirty due to the soil from the fields where the cane grows, but it is cleaned using slaked lime. The juice is then thickened by boiling off the water, which allows the juice to form a syrup. Additional water is boiled off during the last stage until crystals begin to form. The crystals are dried and finally taken to storage, and the raw sugar, which closely resembles brown sugar, forms a sticky brown mountain. The sweet by-product of sugar is called molasses.Learn more about Agriculture
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"Breadbasket of the world" has historically been a moniker attached to the United States based on its position as a leader in global food production. A 2013 Economy in Crisis article noted that increased food production in other parts of the world mitigates the meaning behind this label.Full Answer >
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Cotton is a major agricultural crop in the United States and has been cultivated throughout the world for more than 5,000 years. The best-selling fabric in the world, cotton is an excellent choice for clothing year round, but in ancient Egypt, it was reserved for only the high priest to wear. As of 2015, China and India produce the most cotton worldwide.Full Answer >