“Is Ethanol in Mexico’s Future ?”

July 3, 2008

Agriculture Minister Alberto Cardenas recently at a conference in Rome has said that he expects flex fuel vehicles will be on sale in the major cities in Mexico including Guadalajara by 2010.

And, Yes, Mexico expects to produce ethanol as an alternative to gasoline, but unlike the USA it will produce it from sugarcane and not from Corn which of course is a stable in the diet of the typical Mexican home.

The first major step will be a 100 million dollar project to develop processing, storage, and distribution plants in Guadalajara, Monterrey, and later in Mexico City.

Apparently private enterprise will be allowed to contribute to the new initiative in supplying the sugar cane, but not at the expense of direct food crops like corn.

Jalisco is the logical place to begin the program since there are several sugar mills in the municipality of Tala near Guadalajara.

Currently the USA and Brazil (Brazil uses sugar cane and the USA uses corn)  are the world’s leaders in the production of ethanol accounting for 90% of the world’s total production.




  • howard

    I thought ethanol does not increase gas mileage, and might harm engines. Why is it used?

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