Solar Oven Society
The Effects of Burning Wood, Coal, Oil or Other Combustibles
The Deforestation of Critical Habitats.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports that each year up to one billion children suffer from diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water. Of those children, 5 million die. Solar ovens can pasteurize water, giving more children a chance at life.
Solar ovens reduce the amount of smoke inhaled by family members. This will mean less eye disease or blindness, and less lung disease. In addition, there will be fewer burns from children not falling into open fires. Fewer women will experience burns from their clothing catching on fire or small propane stoves exploding.
The forests of the world are disappearing, causing erosion, flooding, less oxygen, more CO2, and more droughts further reducing food supplies. Sunshine is nonpolluting and inexhaustible. Cooking with a solar oven means less deforestation, soil depletion, and pollution. This encourages more trees, and rain, better crops, and cleaner air. Dried animal dung gathered for fuel could be better used being put back into the soil for fertilizer.
Food cooked in the Sport is actually more nutritious than food cooked by many other methods. Meats are cooked without adding any additional oil. Vegetables and fruits are cooked without adding water. With solar cooking the nutritional value stays right in the food. Because of the slow method of cooking, the food is more tender and therefore more easily chewed and digested by seniors and small children. In addition, foods do not burn or easily overcook and need not be stirred or watched. One can even bake bread in a solar oven.
In many parts of the world, the search and gathering of fuel for cooking takes up to 6-8 hours per day (daily or every other day). This time and energy could be better time spent with family members, improving health conditions, and increasing food supplies. A solar oven can be used year-round in the tropics and six to eight months of the year in many areas of the world. With reflectors and the Sport’s superior insulation, the Sport even performs well in below zero weather.
The majority of families in developing countries are both paying for fuel and gathering fuel. Fewer do just one or the other. Families
generally spend one US dollar (or more) per day for fuel – firewood, charcoal, propane, kerosene, or (more expensive) electricity.
The solar oven can help reduce the 13 to 18 million deaths each year due to hunger and malnutrition worldwide. There is less waste of food due to
burning or scorching. Fuel savings will help the family budget.