Exploring the sustainability of the Indian sugar industry

ScienceDaily | Aug 3, 2020 at 7:32 PM
  • Stanford researchers conducted the first comprehensive analysis of India’s sugar industry and its impact on water, food and energy resources through the lens of its political economy — that is, how entrenched political interests in sugar production threaten food, water and energy security over time.
  • The Indian government has set a goal to increase the ethanol-to-gasoline blending rate from its current rate of about 6 percent to 20 percent by 2030 and introduced several policies to promote production of ethanol from sugarcane.
  • Sugarcane cultivation in India has expanded in part because of policies that incentivize production, including a minimum price, guaranteed sales of sugarcane and public distribution of sugar.