Creating ‘Solavores’ By Thinking Inside the Box- on Nextbillion.com

If your diet includes meat you’re a carnivore. Herbivores consume plants only. Both? You’re an omnivore. But if you’re a solavore that must mean that you eat “of the sun.” Creating solavores the world over – that’s my goal, as CEO of Solavore LLC, the manufacturer of the Solavore Sport solar oven. As a St. Paul, MN headquartered social enterprise, the company’s mission is to enlighten families in the developed world (who arguably have every means under the sun to cook their meals) to the fun and magic of solar cooking. We then use profits to subsidize this clean-cooking technology for the 2.7 billion people in the developing world for whom wood fire is the only cooking option, with the inevitable result: lung damage (over 4 million deaths per year of respiratory illness in women cooking over open fire, often indoors, including the infants on their backs and the toddlers at their sides). An equally dire casualty: the world’s forests. Haiti, now98 percent deforested, is the poster child country of denuded landscape – an image indelibly burned in the memory of anyone who has ever flown over Dominica and looked down on the harsh contrast between the jungles of the Dominican Republic juxtaposed against the moonscape that is Haiti (left). On the other side of the world, Cambodia’s primary rainforest cover fell dramatically from over 70 percent in 1970 at the end of the Vietnam War to just 3.1 percent in 2007. Turning to Africa, charcoal burning has been named the biggest threat to Kenyan forests, where less than 2 of the country’s forests still stand. A daunting challenge, for which Solavore has joined forces with the UN Foundation’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, calls for 100 million households to gain access to clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. Read the entire article here.

If your diet includes meat you’re a carnivore. Herbivores consume plants only. Both? You’re an omnivore. But if you’re a solavore that must mean that you eat “of the sun.”

Creating solavores the world over – that’s my goal, as CEO of Solavore LLC, the manufacturer of the Solavore Sport solar oven. As a St. Paul, MN headquartered social enterprise, the company’s mission is to enlighten families in the developed world (who arguably have every means under the sun to cook their meals) to the fun and magic of solar cooking. We then use profits to subsidize this clean-cooking technology for the 2.7 billion people in the developing world for whom wood fire is the only cooking option, with the inevitable result: lung damage (over 4 million deaths per year of respiratory illness in women cooking over open fire, often indoors, including the infants on their backs and the toddlers at their sides).

An equally dire casualty: the world’s forests. Haiti, now98 percent deforested, is the poster child country of denuded landscape – an image indelibly burned in the memory of anyone who has ever flown over Dominica and looked down on the harsh contrast between the jungles of the Dominican Republic juxtaposed against the moonscape that is Haiti (left).

On the other side of the world, Cambodia’s primary rainforest cover fell dramatically from over 70 percent in 1970 at the end of the Vietnam War to just 3.1 percent in 2007.

Turning to Africa, charcoal burning has been named the biggest threat to Kenyan forests, where less than 2 of the country’s forests still stand. A daunting challenge, for which Solavore has joined forces with the UN Foundation’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, calls for 100 million households to gain access to clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. Read the entire article here.