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Brazil Crop Outlook - 4
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Thu Oct 24, 2013 02:20 PM CDT

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- When Brazil's military government launched its ethanol program in 1975, it created a blueprint for biofuel policies that others followed.

By successfully introducing sugarcane ethanol as an oxygenate to gasoline fuel and then launching the first wholly ethanol-powered car, which accounted for about a third of the fleet by the late 1980s, Brazil proved that subsidized ethanol could be a renewable alternative for automotive fuels.

Nearly 40 years on, ethanol is seemingly as integral to national life as Carnival and soccer.

About 61% of Brazil's cars can run on ethanol alone, and the sickly sweet ...

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