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by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Eats, Lifestyle, Transport.
Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons

 

If you have to travel in or out of Chicago’s busy O’Hare International Airport, take a few minutes to enjoy some fresh organic produce grown right in the airport!

According to ABC News, as of Friday, O’Hare is home to the world’s first airport aeroponic garden, meaning that a solution of water and minerals is used instead of soil. The seeds start in small containers made out of “a natural volcanic ash material” and are moved into tall towers once they have grown. There are 44 types of organic vegetables and herbs growing in the garden, located in the rotunda building nestled between terminals, including swiss chard, chives and habanero peppers.

“It uses and recycles water. The water has nutrients in it that feeds the vegetables, so it’s using less land growing vertically instead of horizontally,” said Rosemarie Andolino, Aviation Commissioner. Andolino also hopes that it will improve the airport experience for travelers. ”It’s a constant opportunity to cultivate, educate and bring kind of a tranquil area to the airport.” With the produce already being served in some of the in-airport restaurants, she says hungry flyers will not be disappointed. “So you’re not eating airport food. You’re eating real good food that you would get at any restaurant in the city or elsewhere.”

 

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joannbaldwin300 JoAnn Baldwin

    Wonderful, wish they would also do this in hospitals, patients need fresh food for healing. They could turn courtyards into sustainable gardens. These hanging herb gardens might look good in the airport as well as provide necessary herbs for cooking and flavor. http://www.facebook.com/photo….