Cane sugar

Cane sugar Cane Sugar refers to any of six to 37 species (depending on which taxonomic system is used) of tall perennial grasses of thegenus Saccharum (family Poaceae, tribe Andropogoneae). Native to the warm temperate to tropical regions of South Asia, they have stout, jointed, fibrous stalks that are rich in sugar, and measure two to six metres (six to 19 feet) tall. All sugar cane species interbreed, and the major commercial cultivars are complex hybrids.

Cane Sugar belongs to the grass family (Poaceae), an economically important seed plant family that includes Yellow Corn, wheat, rice, and sorghum as well as many forage crops. The main product of cane sugar is sucrose, which accumulates in the stalk internodes. Sucrose, extracted and purified in specialized mill factories, is used as raw material in human food industries or is fermented to produce ethanol, a low pollution fuel. Ethanol is produced on a large scale by the Brazilian cane sugar industry. 

Cane Sugar is an important industrial crop of tropical and subtropical regions. In 2010, FAO estimates it was cultivated on about 23.8 million hectares, in more than 90 countries, with a worldwide harvest of 1.69 billion tonnes. Brazil was the largest producer of sugar cane in the world. The next five major producers, in decreasing amounts of production, were India, China, Thailand, Pakistan and Mexico.

Cane Sugar products include table sugar, falernum, molasses, rum, cachaca (a traditional spirit from Brazil), bagasse and ethanol.

Cane Sugar plantations, just like cotton farms, were a major driver of large human migrations in 19th century and early 20th century, influencing the ethnic mix, political conflicts and cultural evolution of various Caribbean, South American, Indian Ocean and Pacific island nations.