Does Biogas Cooking Improve Health?
HomeBiogas is a system that converts organic food and animal waste into biogas for cooking. Many customers ask us if cooking on the biogas produced by the HomeBiogas system is healthier than cooking on other forms of fuel. The answer is yes and no…
If you currently use LPG or an electric stove, switching to biogas will have a positive effect on the environment, but will not have any effect on your health. On the other hand, if you currently use biomass for cooking, including (wood, animal dung, crop waste) or coal, then switching to biogas will have a very positive effect on your health.
Cooking on biomass, which is typically done using open-fires is a reality for more than 3 billion people worldwide! The open fires emit noxious gases and small particles into the air which penetrate deep into the lungs. In poorly ventilated dwellings, inhaling this smoke is extremely dangerous and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), leads to an estimated 4.3 million fatalities every year.
The evidence is alarming and upsetting: Household air pollution causes child pneumonia, lung cancer, obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease. These are chronic diseases that require treatment and care, both of which are often not available to those suffering from them. Other consequences of inhaling open-fire smoke include vision impairment such as cataracts and blindness and birth defects such as low infant birth-weight.
The good news is that exposure to air pollution is preventable! HomeBiogas has been championed as a clean technology because it is eco-friendly and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond that, we see HomeBiogas as a clean technology because it quite literally generates clean-burning fuel for cooking. The biogas is filtered before it is discharged from the system, so that it is completely safe to be inhaled, even in an enclosed, indoor space.
Preparing food for your family should not be a health sacrifice; There are clean cooking solutions. HomeBiogas was created not only with the environment in mind, but also to support the upwards of 3 billion people who don’t have healthy cooking alternatives.