Does cooking create air pollution?



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    Yes. Pretty much no matter what way you do it too! But relatively speaking, it is not all that harmful. Consider the different ways you can cook (starting with the most primitive): an open flame and a fire (burning wood, like at a campfire) releases the carbon locked up in the wood into the atmosphere, mainly as CO2 and solid particulates (smoke and ash); a gas burner stove (the natural gas used for cooking has to be mined and contained [which is an energy intensive process]) ignites the gas and the carbon is released mainly as CO2 (nat. gas burns pretty cleanly actually… but it still releases GG’s… don’t be naive, there is no completely clean energy source! even solar panels cost you something to make…); an electric oven (would be completely clean, but we don’t have fusion power and the electric companies usually provide electricity which comes from a source that is non-renewable [once we have a different power supply grid {when we’ve switched over to alternative energy sources like 75% or more, then we could say that cooking in this way is clean, but for now it is not}]); a microwave (again would be clean / safe / not creating of air pollution, but it is made of plastic [we all know how bad making plastic is for the earth by now, right? then why do we still do it???] and the power that it requires to run is not always generated in a way that can be considered eco-friendly / devoid of any air pollution (sadly, just the opposite is usually the case).  So nope, unless you let your eggs scramble out there in the hot sun (which is actually feasible — or, better yet, the application — a solar oven), the process of cooking is not going to be very green one. Maybe one day we’ll all eat green eggs and ham [or maybe not to the ham] that were prepared in a solar oven! But for right now we are stuck consuming too much energy…

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