Changing the Way We Approach World Food and Nutrition: Part 1

By Global Moms Challenge

October 25, 2012

woodOur team included Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of the Global Alliance of Clean Cookstoves, Karin Lapping, Senior Nutritionist with Save the Children, Adrianna Lolgalbo, Head of the Future Fortified Campaign for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and Kelly Pugliano, Founder of EatPicks.com.

The Problems

Cooking is a universal action, something all of us understand. But many traditional cooking methods are actually dangerous — methods we long abandoned in the USA. Radha Muthiah helped us get a sense of the size and nature of the issues.

“Clean cooking is indeed something that we in the US and West tend to take for granted. We have ample choices for all our kitchen appliances, including our stoves—and we don’t have the added complication of searching for our fuel daily!

“Clean cooking is indeed something that we in the US and West tend to take for granted. We have ample choices for all our kitchen appliances, including our stoves—and we don’t have the added complication of searching for our fuel daily! Stove repair or any appliance repair for that matter is needed when your stove or any of your appliances is not working like they should. Is your oven making unnecessary noises? Is it not working when you needed it most? If these are the cases, there are two options you could choose from. You could either do it yourself or have someone who knows more about it do it for you. What are the advantages on both sides? Doing the job yourself would help you save money but would pretty much take up some of your time. Moreover, having someone do it for you would definitely cost you some money but would save your time for you to do and focus on your other priorities. Decide which you are willing to risk and to give more. You need stove repair services if you do not know anything about doing the repair yourself or if you are too busy to do the repair yourself. The good thing about this is that since experts can practically do any appliance repair, you can be sure that your stove will be fixed excellently. Visit  PittsburghApplianceRepairs.com site to get details about  best stove repair services. In summary, there are three things why you need any stove repairs services:

First is obviously if your stove is broken and not working, second is if you are not knowledgeable enough to fix it yourself and last is if you don’t have the time, though you may have the knowledge, to fix it yourself. Now, to avoid having to decide on what to choose between these options, what’s necessary for you to take care well of your appliances is ensuring that there are no irregularities in the appliance. This will help you avoid subscribing to stove repair services or any appliance repair services from repair shops thus will help you save your time and money at the same time. First is obviously if your stove is broken and not working, second is if you are not knowledgeable enough to fix it yourself and last is if you don’t have the time, though you may have the knowledge, to fix it yourself.

Now, to avoid having to decide on what to choose between these options, what’s necessary for you to take care well of your appliances is ensuring that there are no irregularities in the appliance. This will help you avoid subscribing to stove repair services or any appliance repair services from repair shops thus will help you save your time and money at the same time.

“For many around the world the act of cooking…can kill. Almost 3 billion people, are impacted by harmful stove smoke and 2 million annually die from it — more than those who die from HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined.”

Radha outlined the impact for millions of others inhaling the smoke, resulting in respiratory issues, environmental impacts of deforestation and a significant impact on nutrition. How so? For one, after trees have been stripped from the area the land is often unusable for crops, impacting the quality and quantity of produce available. The cost of fuel takes a large share of the family food budget, and reduces time available to grow gardens and prepare nutritious meals. Gathering fuel can take 2-4 hours a day in some areas.

Children’s already vulnerable immune systems are being further attacked by smoke inhalation while their mothers are preparing the very meals meant to sustain them. Those same kids aren’t in school as much because older ones often accompany their moms to collect fuel.

It’s not just about cooking. It’s about getting essential nutrients into that cooking. “These nutrients are critical for one’s health, yet unfortunately there are 2 billion people around the world who don’t have access to simple vitamins and minerals,” says Adrianna Logalbo of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

greenEarlier this year, GAIN launched a new public awareness campaign — Future Fortified — to help ensure that women and children in particular have access to the nutrition they need. “Good nutrition from the moment of a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday puts that child on the right track for good growth, brain development and long term productivity.

The impact of poor nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life is devastating. ~ Adrianna Lolgalbo, Future Fortified

Karin Lapping from Save the Children explained why this period is so critical. “It’s a very rapid period of growth…When children don’t get the nutrients they need, they can suffer from permanent physical and cognitive damage.” It’s called stunting, and its effects are incurable and irreversible.

Why has this issue been so overlooked? ~ Simon

Karin Lapping explains, “Unfortunately, chronic malnutrition is not obvious to the naked eye, unlike acute malnutrition when you see children wasting away.

We’ve known for years — it’s getting the will and the energy and dare I say the outrage to do something about it. ~ Chrysula

Tomorrow we talk solutions and bringing these issues home!

Find www.cleancookstoves.org, like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter to learn more.

Visit www.everybeatmatters.org. Like them on Facebook, follow on Twitter or go to Save the Children.

At www.futurefortified.org get involved by liking the campaign on Facebook and following on Twitter.

Image credits:
Girl carrying wood: Michael Benanav / Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Nutrients: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

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