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Solar Cookers

Solar cookers are devices that harness the sun’s energy to cook food. Because the sun’s rays fall over the entire surface of the Earth, it appears to be an almost limitless source of energy. In addition, it is free: Anyone can use it, without having to pay a fee. Thus, taking advantage of the sun’s heat for cooking seems to make sound environmentalist sense. For this reason, some have argued that solar cooking could make a major contribution to alleviating an array of contemporary social problems, especially in the developing world. However, solar cookers are not ubiquitous throughout the world, especially in impoverished parts of sunny climes. This entry explains the advantages and disadvantages of solar cookers and examines common obstacles to their adoption.

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