Solar Ovens – ensuring food is cooked

“Because of the expenses of gas, it’s cheaper to use the solar ovens and using natural energy from the sun,” Esthel said in Spanish through a translator.

A small number of communities in the Dominican Republic are buying solar ovens to cook their meals, avoiding cooking with gas stoves or wood that present financial and health problems.

Sometimes we forget that ensuring food security is not just about having sufficient food supply, but the people also need the means to be able to cook the food for consumption. This also contributes to a country’s food consumption.

Source: http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/cooking-revolution-dominican-republic-communities-change-lifestyles-solar-ovens

In richer countries where food security/food safety is not usually as much a problem, solar ovens or sun cooking is also used as an environmental-friendly/off-grid option:

SUN OVENS INTERNATIONAL is committed to providing an alternative to cooking with wood and charcoal in deforested developing countries that have been blessed with an abundance of sunshine.

SUN OVENS® can have an enormous impact on the everyday life of millions of people by:

1. Reducing the demand on forests.

2. Reducing health hazards.

3. Improving women’s conditions

Source: https://www.sunoven.com/sun-cooking-usa/benefits/

 

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