John of Growing Your Greens has been busy in Chicago. No sooner does he post a video of an old meat packing plant morphing into a gigantic vertical farm and food processing facility, than we also get a visit to an urban garden that is bang in the middle of Chicago O'Hare airport. Using an aeroponic Tower Garden growing system, the garden is growing lettuce, greens and herbs for airport restaurants with an almost zero transportation footprint.
The educational and entertainment aspect of this project alone make it worthwhile in my book. And given that O'Hare is also welcoming bee keepers with felony convictions, among other environmental initiatives, it starts to look like the airport is taking some serious steps to a more sustainable food system. Who knows, maybe it will also install a worm composting facility like Charlotte airport. Then the final challenge will be that pesky little matter of figuring out greener aviation.
But this is definitely a step in the right direction.