June 26, 1994 |
A pale sun glinted off of the knives of Jamaican cutters as they stooped to harvest sugar cane in a field of black, mucky soil. Walter Parker's pickup bounced across the field as he pulled up to check their progress. "This is my 27th crop," he said proudly. Parker is director of agricultural operations for the U.S. Sugar Co., and he thinks of U.S. Sugar as his extended family.
September 23, 2012 |
The Cutting Season A Novel Attica Locke Harper/Dennis Lehane Books: 374 pp., $25.99 How much do I admire Attica Locke's second novel, "The Cutting Season"? To answer that, I need to go back to her 2009 debut, "Black Water Rising," which told the story of Jay Porter, an African American attorney in Houston, a former radical in full retreat from the unresolved issues, political and personal, of his past. Set in 1981, "Black Water Rising" is nothing if not authoritative; Locke, who lives in Los Angeles, was raised in Houston and understands how the city works.
October 1, 1990 |
The Persian Gulf crisis has given new life to Brazil's program to run its vehicles on sugar-cane alcohol instead of gasoline. Shortages of the costly sugar-cane fuel and an abundance of inexpensive foreign oil had turned Brazilians off to alcohol. But as oil prices have skyrocketed in the wake of Iraq's takeover of Kuwait, another look is being taken at one of the world's leading alternative fuel programs, called Pro-Alcohol here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2000
Re "Cuban Teen Makes Revolutionary Choice," Aug. 22: Agustin Gurza tells us that Laura Pina is not your average Cuban kid. That is an understatement. Her mother is an American expatriate (a prize for Castro's Cuba) and her father is a member of one of Cuba's most famous musical groups. Laura did not have to go into the country to cut sugar cane as most Cuban youths are forced to do. She can afford to pay dollars to attend nightclubs and buy $70 Levi's. And she says it's getting awkward?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1990
Thank you for your article on alternative fuels. Your section on methanol puzzles me, however. You say its use puts formaldehyde into the air. I've been told by Los Angeles City's Fleet Services Department (which has been part of the state's test program for 10 years) that the use of a catalytic converter prevents this emission. Your article suggests methanol must be made from corn but it can actually be made many things; rice bran, sugar cane, garbage and much more. You state the technology presents daunting problems but actually methanol can be distilled in one's back yard and the mash that's left over makes an excellent cattle and hog feed.
May 25, 1987 |
Rum has been produced in the West Indies since the 16th Century-later figuring in an infamous three-way trade involving slavery--and is still big business here. Made from molasses, a byproduct of sugar cane, the liquor is made almost everywhere in the world where sugar cane is grown. But the most famous, and perhaps best loved, rums are produced in the Caribbean--in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, Trinidad, the British and U.S.
August 27, 2013 |
California and the federal government want drivers to use more renewable fuels in their cars and trucks. That's where the trouble lies. The state and federal governments share a goal, but have adopted very different ways to reach it. The resulting conflict has contributed to a snarl that reaches from fuel pumps in Los Angeles to sugar cane fields in Brazil. Along the way, the dispute has divided environmental groups and the oil industry, pitting allies against each other. It's even possible that the conflicting policies, both aimed at reducing global warming, could actually make things worse, some scientists said.
September 9, 2013 |
Federal efforts to protect growers of sugar beets and sugar cane epitomize everything that's wrong with U.S. farm programs. At times they've artificially raised the price of sugar, costing consumers billions of dollars; at other times they've stuck taxpayers with the bill for the surplus sugar production they've promoted. The fact that the sugar program is likely to survive the latest rewrite of the farm bill unscathed is a testament to how limited the bill's "reforms" are. Sweeteners are ubiquitous in processed foods, and sugar is the most popular by far. There are two primary sources in the United States: sugar beets, which are grown in parts of California (mainly in Imperial County)
October 19, 2007 |
It's doubtful that Mary Poppins would have extolled the virtues of sugar as a medicine chaser if she had known about the horrific plight of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. According to "The Price of Sugar," a riveting new documentary from director Bill Haney, the migrant laborers there who cut down sugar cane are pressed into virtual slavery.