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Organic dining comes to the skies

AFP   March 20, 2012
First Published: 17:36 IST(20/3/2012) | Last Updated: 17:39 IST(20/3/2012)
It may be a long way from the prepackaged treats most of us are used to during a flight, but that's what Middle Eastern airline Etihad will soon be serving up to first class passengers.

Not content with loading professional chefs onto its planes, the airline has now gone one step further by sourcing daily produce from an organic farm in the United Arab Emirates.

The products are provided by Abu Dhabi Organics Farms, a prize-winning outfit which is managing to cultivate vegetables and fruits and raise cows, chickens and goats despite the blistering heat of the desert that surrounds it.

Eggs and vegetables will be among the first products on board, Etihad said, along with Abu Dhabi Organics Farms honey, which was recently recognized as among the best in the world at the Biol Miel Internaitional Competition for Organic Honey.

Even more excitingly, it may not be just the first-class passengers who can enjoy eggs on the day that they're laid -- Etihad says that "plans to launch the farm-to-table concept across all cabin classes are currently underway."

Incredibly, Etihad isn't the first carrier to embrace organic food for passengers, although it's certainly the largest and most enthusiastic to date.

AirBaltic, the national carrier of Latvia, has served organic food in business class for a while now, developed by Chef Martins Ritinš, a slow-food proponent who selected sixty farms in Latvia for the partnership.

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