Under Construction, Literally

Sorry for the absence of riveting new posts about solar ovens and improved cookstoves, but the Pasqual team is busy building our very own outdoor demonstration kitchen. Please stay tuned for some exciting videos demonstrating all of our partners wonderful clean cooking technology, and you might even get a glimpse at my ugly mug in the process…

See you soon!

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Grassroots Only Go So Deep

It’s politic’n season out there, and the word “grassroots” gets thrown around a lot, probably more often than is really deserved. I think we all identify with the nature of any grassroots movement, that being one derived from the “people” instead of “The Man”. Who doesn’t root for the underdog some of the time?

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Mick Jagger Was Wrong

Surely you jest! Take it easy, folks. It’s still okay to seek sage advice from your favorite rock & roll band, they would never lead us astray on purpose. But when Jagger croons about time being our our side, the science says otherwise.

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E Pluribus Unum

Out of many, one. You probably know this famous Latin phrase as one of our national mottoes, printed on the Great Seal of the United States. The implication is that we collectively form one, a united body.  People come together for a variety of reasons; religion, social interests, education, even a friendly card game. We form clubs and churches, bowling leagues and secret societies. All of these groups form for a reason, usually to benefit either themselves or others in some way. Pasqual was formed for a reason as well.

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Small Is Beautiful

I have tempted fate long enough as a would-be blogger, I must post the obligatory cat photo in order to stave off destruction at the hands The Powers That Be. Fortunately, our daily kitteh comes at an appropriate and relevant time.

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Extra Extra! – Chef Jose Andres wants to revolutionize the world of food

Chef Jose Andres, ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, features in an article from Fusion.

“Our motto is to change the world through the power of food” – Jose Andres

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Partner Post – Sarah Collins – Your most valuable asset is YOU

African internet journal Business Mic interviews Wonderbag founder, Pasqual partner, and CEO Sarah Collins about her product, business, and the power of perseverance.

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Partner Post – Solavore in Sri Lanka

Reposted with permission – Anne Patterson, CEO Solavore

Last month Solavore Sport designer Dr. Paul Funk time-traveled to Sri Lanka twelve and a half time zones ahead of his lab in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to teach a module on ‘Engineering Design Thinking’ using the solar oven. Dr. Funk taught the class via Skype, addressing more than 50 teachers from rural areas in the country.

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Reality Check

UPDATE – This post is NOT political in nature… I kinda goofed on the intro, my apologies. If you haven’t watched the attached video, please do, this man is a treasure of our age.

I can contain myself no longer. Our purpose at Pasqual is not political per se, but politics is an inevitable part of life. Politicians make decisions for us, and the world, every day. Some of these decisions are good, some are bad. Likewise, some politicians are good, and some are bad. Some we hold in high regard, others we cast into the fire.

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Extra Extra! – Black Soot, Wood Stoves and Climate Change in the News

And all this time I thought I was the only one on the internet writing about cooking stoves, sheesh… Today we have a news article written by a Vermonter about his experience with dirty cooking in the Indian Himalayas.

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Forget Burning Man–this is the Burning Conference You Should Attend

Reposted with permission – Adam Creighton, CEO InStove

This summer, Burning Man will draw tens of thousands of guests, and the fixated attention of millions as it celebrates diversity, creativity, and radical self-reliance in a “temporary city” in the desert of Nevada.

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A Vicious Cycle

Have you ever been depressed? Kind of a stupid question, I know. Did you notice how, when you were feeling down, those little things in life that you would otherwise handle were, all of a sudden, big deals? Yes, I know you have. The phenomenon is similar to what audio engineers call a feedback loop, which you know as that horrible screech you get when you bring a microphone close to a speaker. Continue reading A Vicious Cycle

Crazy – Improved Cookstoves Beat Modern Gas Ranges

UPDATED – Please see bottom of post for update…

What would you think if I told you that your modern gas or electric range was more inefficient than an improved wood burning cookstove? What would you think if I told you that your own home kitchen can have pollution levels that would be considered illegal if they were outdoors? You’d think I was crazy.

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Clean Cooking Showcased at COP21

Did you know that unimproved cookstoves contribute to global warming?

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A New Addition to the Family

Today we get to welcome a new member into the Pasqual family, Wonderbag.

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Extra Extra! – Solar Cookers Make Life Better

Bite-size Green TV host Angelina Le Grix and guest Michael Mora from Solar Cookers International discuss how solar cookers benefit users in the developing world. After trying 3 dishes in different models, Angelina recommends them for everyday cooking and emergency preparedness, as well.

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Day 20 – Women and Children First!

The iconic cry we all recognize from any sinking ship movie, right before some pig-headed guy pushes through the crowd and jumps aboard, right? Well, the guy in our story doesn’t play the role of baddie, he’s really more of an extra.

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Researchers Test for Better, Cleaner Cookstoves

The everyday task of cooking poses a major health threat for billions of people worldwide. A global effort is putting hundreds of millions of dollars into making better cookstoves. Companies are responding with new designs. The question is, how much better are they? Researchers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are finding out. VOA’s Steve Baragona has a look.

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Day 19 – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

We grew up in Dallas, a city that seems to change at a greater rate than much of the US, but perhaps that is just my perception. Our favorite family Thai restaurant got bulldozed for a Super Target, and many of the haunts of our youth are long gone now. Change is inevitable I suppose, and the more we experience change the more accustomed we get to it. But not all change is good.

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Day 18 – Every Little Bit Counts

As I sit here, wracking my brains trying to think of a suitable parable to contrast the personal finance situation in developing countries with that of our own, I came to a realization. Sometimes we become blind to the truth in the world and it takes stepping back a bit to see it.

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Extra Extra! – Dirty Cooking in the News

We seem to have adapted to a nation where people smoke far more infrequently than they used to. I can’t barely stand to park next to a car in which the driver is smoking, or begin to understand how people used to eat in a restaurant full of cigarette smoke. But I remember the days when cigarette vending machines were everywhere. I’m glad those days are gone.

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Partner Post – African Slum Journal

African Slum Journal visits cooks in the slums of Nairobi to see how EcoZoom stoves are improving lives, saving money and helping the environment.

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Day 17 – Helter-Skelter

Many moons ago we bought a pop-up camper, and many fun family trips ensued. We got a Suburban to help pull it, and to fit all of our camping accoutrement. At the time gas cost just over a dollar a gallon, so it’s thirsty habits were not much of a concern. Well, we all remember what happened after that, don’t we! Forget long trips, we even had to sell the camper. These days the price of gas has gone down a lot; I’m sure when the gas company realizes it has an overdue book from the library we will be thrust back to 2008.

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Partner Post – Warm Beet Salad

Our partner One Earth Designs shares a recipe for Warm Beet Salad.

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Day 16 – The Masses

I have never taken the time to read the poem “The New Colossus” that is enshrined on our Statue of Liberty, though I’ve heard snippets of it throughout my life. Add to that, I’m not really a fan of poetry. But, sometimes, when the moon lines up with Pluto, I can enjoy a verse or two. I guess today is one of those rare days, and I’m proud to know that these verses helped solidify our Lady as a welcome host to the world’s castaways.

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