I briefly mentioned in an earlier entry that I am in Brazil to research the social and environmental dimensions of sugarcane production in Brazil (particularly for ethanol). Well, as my absence from the blog scene for about a week and rash of photo-riffic entries below illustrate, I just got back from being in the "field" interviewing, through my excellent translator André, Brazilian sugarcane growers. My time was productive, although we did lose one day getting lost plus other delays, but overall it was a good experience. A few of the sugarcane producers I encountered were busy on other tasks when I approached them, but still cooperated in an easy-going fashion, but a few were really nice. They not only completely answered my predetermined questions, but also discussed other Brazil-U.S. related topics. Their opinions gave them a depth I was not expecting. That some farmers had many interesting questions for me and had a fascination of me, also made me infer that part of Brazil does not see too many Americans.