Taking solar cookers international is one of the best ways to provide grid-free cooking technology to much of the world, cut down on carbon output, and reduce injures such as smoke inhalation damage that come from using charcoal—one of the most common cooking fuels in the developing world.
The majority of the world's population relying on solid fuels lives in areas lacking the public health infrastructure to deal with the massive amount of damage caused to their health. This includes Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and some countries in Central America and in East Asia and the Pacific. The death toll is staggering.
The World Health Organization(WHO) has identified that up to 4.3 million pre-mature deaths are caused by pollutants from wood and kerosene cookstoves, more than one-quarter of them in India alone. Exposure is particularly high among women and young children, who spend the most time near the inefficient cooking hearth. Approximately 17 percent of annual premature lung cancer deaths in adults are attributable to exposure to carcinogens from household air pollution caused by cooking with solid fuels like wood, charcoal or coal.
The WHO has concluded that cooking from fire is the greatest health risk in the world after high blood pressure, tobacco and alcohol, with more people dying from the incremental, ongoing inhalation of smoke from fires they ignite in their own homes than from malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined. In 23 countries, 10 percent of deaths are due to just two environmental risk factors: unsafe water, including poor sanitation and hygiene; and household air pollution due to solid fuel use for cooking.
Today around 3 billion people cook with dirty fuel sources; such as wood, dung or charcoal. As a result, smoke inhalation related illness ranks with malaria and AIDs as one of the great greatest problems facing the world. In addition, fuel wood scarcity drives families around the world to spend many hours collecting and transporting heavy loads of fuel wood, often to the detriment of already endangered ecosystems. If fire wood is purchased it often makes a sizable portion of the family's income.
Through our experiences, we've learned that taking solar cooking international can save lives, protect the environment, and empower communities on a global level.
After an opportunity from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to extensively test its technology in the highlands of Guatemala, GoSun is on the verge of starting a social enterprise for developing markets with the potential to change lives, communities and ecosystems.
The GoSun solar cooking technology leapfrogs solid fuels completely, providing a safe, fast and affordable alternative to the status quo. A compliment to all existing cooking technology, the GoSun For All (currently under development) has the potential to save a profound amount of time and money for families around the world.
The good news is that there are many ways to partner with us. You can join our mission as a dealer partner, distributor, or international distributor.
Click here to learn about solar cooking international as a dealer partner.
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