Sugarcane is grown along a 2,000 km stretch of Australia's east coast by around 4,500 farmers. It's harvested and sent to sugar mills where the juice is extracted and made into raw sugar crystals. Around 85% of the raw sugar is exported to countries including Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.
CANEGROWERS fact sheets:
- The sweet facts about how sugar is grown and processed
- Career opportunities in the Australian sugar industry
- Australia's sustainable sugar production
CANEGROWERS and the Primary Industries Education Foundation have developed a curriculum-aligned resource for schools. Called One Plant, Many Products it is available on the Primezone website and targets years 5-8 science, design and technology and geography requirements.
Watch the video to see how Australia's sugarcane growers ensure they are sustainable as well as productive and profitable.
How is the raw sugarcane processed into sugar you can eat?
The Australian Sugar Milling Council has factsheets on how raw sugar is made, Queensland's cane rail system and renewable power generation at sugar mills.
Do you have more questions about sugar?
Is sugar...? is a website put together by CANEGROWERS and the Australian Sugar Milling Council to provide clear, accurate and straight-forward answers to these questions and more:
- Is sugar natural?
- Is sugar fattening?
- Is sugar vegan?
- Is sugar addictive? Go to www.sugar.org.au
There are also three colouring sheets and a maze to print off.