Earth to Table
By Tim Lougheed
Roland Schech charges up the metal staircase with Olympic enthusiasm, his heavy workboots landing on a gantry walkway with a clang. The sound is lost in the hubbub around him, generated by an intricate network of conveyor belts and slurry troughs that cover a good hectare of ground to a height of several stories. The view is occasionally punctuated by puffs of steam emerging from key stations; there Schech parts some plastic curtains for a peek into one of the heavy metal channels where phosphate rock and sulphuric acid are getting to know one another...
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