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1- A woman harvests sugarcane at the Montelimar sugar mill on the outskirts of Managua on December 31, 2012. Nicaragua plans to produce some 1.5 million short tons of sugar. 2- A man makes brown sugar at his house on the outskirts of Peshawar on November 6, 2012. (Fayaz Aziz/Reuters) 3- Blocks of panela, solid chunks of unrefined whole cane sugar obtained from the boiling and evaporation of sugarcane juice, sit in a barrel at a sugar mill in Tepetitan, El Salvador on February 26, 2012. (Juan Carlos/Bloomberg) 4- Pools of salt form patterns at the Maras mines in Cuzco, Peru on August 29, 2012. (Janine Costa/Reuters) 5- A worker carries a bag of salt through pools of salt at the Maras mines in Cuzco, Peru on August 29, 2012. The Maras mines have been a source of salt since ancient pre-Incan civilizations and now comprise about 3,000 small pools constructed on the slope of a mountain in the Urubamba valley in the Andean region of Cuzco. (Janine Costa/Reuters) 6- Roads intersect at a Rio Tinto Group salt operation in Dampier, Australia on August 20, 2012. (Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg) 7- Farmers harvest sugarcane in a field in Yomitan Village, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on February 24, 2012. 8- A worker drinks water from a kettle as he harvests sugar cane in Sidoarjo, Indonesia on September 19, 2012. (Sigit Pamungkas/Reuters) 9- Mine operational manager Arnaud Tamborini takes a sample of salt for analysis on the trolley in the salt mine in Bex, Switzerland on December 4, 2012. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters 10- A man uses wooden rafts to transport pieces of salt rock after extracting them from the bed of Lake Katwe in Uganda on January 29, 2013. The rock is extracted three times a week, usually by men who work from dusk to dawn, paid two dollars for every 220 pounds of salt rock sold. (James Akena/Reuters
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