[Stoves] Why is it still so difficult to design, cookstoves for 3 billion people?

Mangolazi mangolazi at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 18 23:40:19 MDT 2016

Speaking of tea and biomass, here's an interesting article in The Guardian about Indian cities reducing air pollution: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/rajshahi-bangladesh-city-air-pollution-won 

Subsidized LPG is big now, charcoal and wood (and potentially biomass) are seen as dirty and old-fashioned fuels. Large tea producers have switched from charcoal to LPG because the latter is much cheaper, although charcoal is still used in some phases of tea processing. Too bad there's no mention of using alternative carbon-neutral biomass and efficient stoves for the majority of rural residents. 

On June 19, 2016 11:48:44 AM GMT+08:00, Xavier Brandao <xvr.brandao at gmail.com> wrote:
>Dear Anil,
>I am often surprised on how many restaurants and roadside eateries can 
>be found in India. And people eat there in a daily basis, much more
>in France or Europe.
>Restaurants can be a help for both the IAP and malnutrition problems. 
>The South Indian "thali", or meal, served for lunch only, is actually 
>quite varied. But on the other hand, fried food, like vadas, parotas, 
>fried rice, fried snacks, plus the very sweetened chai teas are not 
>really contributing to a healthy diet.
>It's difficult to change the food habits of people. It will take time 
>and education.
>I was reading an article from an IT startup founder, who turned down an
>investment of 500K in his company. He decided to pull the plug, and
>his startup. He saw that it was way to difficult to have his customers 
>use his product, and that would soon impact sales. He said that he was 
>going against "human nature", and he knew he would lose the fight.
>I found both the move courageous, and his finding interesting. Most of 
>the products are using human nature to be sold or used.
>I guess this is what I wanted to say in my post. If the new solution is
>both compelling, cheap, and easy to use, then only, it is possible it 
>will be adopted.
>Like when tea was first introduced in India, when cafe was first 
>introduced, when soft drinks, when beers were introduced.
>Easy to drink beverages! No brainer.
>On 6/17/16 11:30 PM, stoves-request at lists.bioenergylists.org wrote:
>> For general discussion on cooking please see
>> www.nariphaltan.org/ruralrestaurants.pdf

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