Diverse peoples use SUN OVENS® around the world for many and varied reasons.
The one thing they all have in common is that they have all discovered that solar energy is the least polluting and most inexhaustible of all known energy sources and it is free.
Sun Ovens International
is striving to develop and implement comprehensive solar cooking programs which will radically decrease the developing world’s dependence on fuelwood and dung as the primary cooking fuels, while benefiting the environment, raising the standard of living, and improving the health of the poor worldwide.
The exploding population throughout the developing world has hastened the ever-increasing need for firewood, severely enhancing the degradation of land and creating massive deforestation which often leads to desertification. This land abuse is not inclined to decrease without giving rural residents another method of food preparation. Sun Oven International
is committed to innovative methodologies which harness the power of free sunlight to decrease a family’s use of fuelwood and charcoal by up to 70%, while improving their quality of life.
Sun Ovens International
has been innovative in developing methods of placement, training, and marketing to assist in the positioning of over 75,000 family sized Sun Ovens the U.S. and more than 100 developing countries, and 250 large VILLAGER SUN OVENS
in deforested developing countries.
Saving Lives by Preserving Forests Around the World!
Sun Ovens International, Inc. 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:
- Reducing the demand on forests.
- Reducing health hazards.
- Improving women’s conditions
A Deforestation Alternative
Forests are dwindling at a more rapid rate than ever before. One third of humanity, over 2.4 billion people, depends on wood and charcoal to prepare food and the worldwide supply of wood is rapidly decreasing. The demands of massive population growth and the inefficient conversion of wood to charcoal have outstripped much of the world’s forest’s ability to regenerate, creating a phenomenon known as deforestation.
Deforestation is the gravest environmental crisis facing the world today. Its far-reaching effects include:
- The decreasing availability of firewood.
- Removing the trees from an area is to remove its source of life. (Deforestation has left more than 25% of the continent of Africa almost useless for cultivation.)
- Forests protect the soil against erosion and reduce the risks of landslides and avalanches.
- Forests increase the rate that rainwater recharges groundwater as well as control the rate that water is released in watersheds, helping sustain freshwater supplies.
- Forests affect the climate. The occurrence and strength of floods and droughts increase when they are eliminated.
- Forests are an important source of oxygen.
- Forests store large amounts of carbon that are released when trees are cut or burned.
Reducing Health Hazards in Developing Countries
The use of Sun Ovens can eliminate the use of up to 70% of the wood which is currently being consumed for household cooking.
The acrid smoke from cooking fires subjects women and their children to levels of smoke that at times are often 100 times above the international safety standards. This results in 3 deaths a minute, totaling over 1.6 million deaths each year.
Bio-mass smoke has many harmful effects which can cause or contribute to:
The use of SUN OVENS reduces the amount of acrid smoke from cooking fires by up to 70%.
- Acute respiratory infections (Respiratory infections are one of the world’s leading child killers. A child is two to three times more likely to contract acute lower respiratory infections when exposed to smoke than an adult.)
- Lung Cancer
- Lower birth weights
- Nervous and muscular fatigue
Improving Women's Conditions
In many deforested communities, the gathering of wood is no longer a simple matter. As the supply of wood decreases, women must travel great distances to find wood. Many women in developing countries must spend several hours each day collecting fuel-wood. As women and girls travel increasing distances gathering firewood, they are forced to expose themselves to greater risk of beatings and rape.
Once wood is gathered, women spend many hours stirring food. Food cooked in a Sun Oven does not require stirring, freeing up time for income generation and other more productive activities.
The use of Sun Ovens can dramatically improve the quality of life for women and girls.