Falls, Fog, and Frontiers
I traveled out to the city of Foz do Iguaçu to kick off another round of interviews with sugarcane growers. This time, we talked to farmers who grew sugarcane not for fuel ethanol, but for the potable type of alcohol or as part of some sweet consumable, which includes something that resembles peanut brittle. These land owners also entered into an agreement with the Paraná Biodiversity Project, which is the group with whom I am working in South America, to create biodiversity corridors in exchange for financial and other assistance. How did they differ from the ethanol sugarcane growers in northwest Paraná? How was the cooperation with the Project going? With these questions, we set out. The first day and meeting went well and we got to drink samples of the Brazilian alcoholic beverage, Cachaça, and the aforementioned sugar snack. On the way to our hotel afterward, however, we found ourselves driving in the fog, in the middle of the night. Here is a night-vision-y shot of our back roads journey. Thanks, André for driving. The next day we met with owners from two other operations before heading off for more tourist-related activities.