Eco-Cooking As Your Climate Mitigation Strategy May 16, 2010
Global Warming due to Man-Induced Greenhouse Effects
Due to changes and new demands in our way of life, human activities have undesirably resulted in higher rate of release of greenhouse gases, causing global warming. Global warming has manifested in many global incidences of disasters like rising of sea-level causing more frequent and more severe floods, glaciers melting, destruction of ecosystems, forest fires, etc.If we do not take extra mitigating efforts, the greenhouse gas concentration could be trebled by end of the century, causing a possible temperature rise of 5oC. The impacts then would possibly be beyond human control, ultimately making our mother Earth unsuitable for dwelling.
The good news is that we know how to
win the fight against global warming,
In China, India, African countries, many have chosen to use renewable energies for cooking. Electricity can be generated from solar and wind for household usage. Gaining popularity is the use of bio-gas (methane gas) from agricultural waste for cooking, solar dryer for drying foodstuff like onions and chilis. Everybody should be committed.
There are many ways to eco-cooking besides the choice of types of fuels, which may currently be beyond our control. We can be energy efficient in our choice of kitchen-ware instead.
Copper-base pans to reduce cook time but beware not to char your foodstuff.
Above the choices of cookware, methods and energies, the golden rule is, never waste energy.
No unnecessary re-heating, over-cooking, over-boiling, excessive wastage of foodstuff. But certain food-base (curry base, fried onions or garlic) may be cooked in bulk, rationed into appropriate portions, refrigerated or kept for future cooking.