Organic Food Bounty

Kauai Made Me Do It

Written by Jeff Siegel
Posted July 31, 2009

My apologies for being gone these past couple of weeks.

I decided to take a much-needed vacation, and chose not to bring my laptop. I know, these days that's unheard of. But sometimes you just need to unplug from everything. And that's exactly what I did.

Although I'm sure I racked up some heavy carbon miles with my 10-hour flight to Kauai, I did my best to avoid any excessive driving while I was there. And of course, I stuck to a local, mostly-organic diet the whole time. Not that it was difficult. In Kauai, farmers markets are plentiful, and so is the organic and "naturally-grown" produce. Here's a shot of some of our take from the Hanalei Farmers Market...

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Except for the longans (in the bowl), everything else is organic. The sugarloaf pineapple, the papaya, the mangos, the liliko'i and the limes.

While on my trip, I also had the opportunity to get a private tour of the administration building for the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Why would I want a tour of an administration building? Because it's a beautiful LEED-certified building, complete with solar PV, natural lighting and a plug-in station for electric cars. I hope to have more about this building and this amazing organization (that's doing a world of good for the planet) next week.

Until then, check out some of the recent stories at Green Chip Living. Here are this week's headlines:

  • Buffet Posts $1 Billion Profit on China Hybrid Carmaker BYD

  • Student-Built Electric Car Charges in 10 Minutes

  • Revealed: the secret evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide

  • Encouraging growth for the organic dairy sector

  • Organic farmers look to R&D to boost yields, save planet

  • Plans unveiled for world's first super-green super yacht

Have a fantastic weekend!

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