Monday, November 3, 2008

Monsanto Acquires Brazil's "Aly Participacoes" Eyeing Sugarcane for Ethanol

With demand for sugarcane starting to outstrip production, Monsanto (MON) has acquired Brazilian-based Aly Participacoes Ltda. in order to work on producing sugarcane seeds that will be much higher-yielding than present stocks.

Of course much of the demand for sugarcane has come about from the fixation of governments on using ethanol as a gas substitute, based on the non-factual idea of "peak oil." There's billions of barrels of oil available throughout the world, and even in the U.S. alone.

Most of this is ideologically driven, rather than based on facts.

While that's a misguided illusion, at the same time that illusion will stick around for some time until all that fails. So in that sense, this is a good investment for Monsanto, as the obsession with ethanol will continue based on unwarranted fears that are driving the fixation.

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