You’ve heard about the Green New Deal, but have you heard about the Green New Meal?
Singapore Airlines (SIA) embraced a “From Farm to Plane” concept a couple of years ago and has slowly been expanding it. This year, Singapore Airlines will partner with AeroFarms on its longest route to bring “fresh food” to a whole new level. Catering on SQ21 will feature food grown a short distance from Newark Liberty International Airport and in some cases picked just hours before the flight.
SIA’s Food & Beverage Director, Antony McNeil, stated:
Imagine boarding a plane and enjoying a salad harvested only a few hours before takeoff – literally the world’s freshest airline food.
The AeroFarms facility is actually quite remarkable. Located in the heart of Newark, this “vertical” facility produces the equivalent of almost 400 acres of produce with up to 30 harvests each year! No pesticides are used, but also no sunlight is used. Instead, LED lights emulate the sun. Light intensity and spectrum can be adjusted depending upon the crop. The result is a faster-growing cycle.
Per Forbes, sample dishes will include:
- Soy Poached Chicken
Pickled Ginger Vinaigrette, Zucchini Ribbons, with Sweet Potato Roesti, Soy Beans and AeroFarms Baby Pac Choi
- The Garden Green
Poached Asparagus, Broccolini, Avocado with Shaved Fennel & Flaked Hot Smoked Salmon, AeroFarms medley of Baby Ruby Streaks, Watercress and Arugula, with Lemon Vinaigrette
- Heirloom Tomato Ceviche
Baby Burrata, Cured Ham, Palm Hearts, AeroFarms Arugula with Spiced Tomato Dressing
The airline will also ban plastic straws and use recyclable paper packaging for children’s toys instead of plastic bags.
Quite frankly, I view the whole “farm to table” concept as mostly a marketing gimmick. Nevertheless, the three sample dishes above sound tasty, especially the simple “Garden Green.”
Will this “Green New Meal” make you more likely to fly Singapore Airlines?