Michelle Nijhuis and Lynn Johnson
Cooking can be hazardous to your health. Grantees Michelle Nijhuis and Lynn Johnson report for National Geographic that “some three billion people around the world cook their food and heat their homes with open or barely contained fires, and while the smoke dissipates quickly, its accumulated costs are steep.” According to Michelle, the typical cooking fire produces about 400 cigarettes’ worth of smoke an hour, and prolonged exposure can cause respiratory infections, eye damage, heart and lung disease, and lung cancer. Efficient and inexpensive cook stoves are becoming widely available, but it is not always easy to overcome ingrained culinary habits and longstanding household traditions.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
We join with Kim’s many friends and colleagues around the world in mourning her death. Her work, including this story from Cuba for the July issue of Harper’s, informed and inspired us all.
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