Urban Fish and Vegetables Farming
Authors: Milja Hartikainen, Claudia Cortés, Edgar Alfredo Verde Nuno, Floortje van Sandick

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Actors and Agents:
Actors: Two start-ups: Efficient City Farming and Urban Farmers, buyers of the farms, people buying from the farms, investors
Agents: The government, building rules, local government (land-use planning)

Urban farming is getting more and more popular. More and more people are forming a community in order to grow fruits and vegetables together on a low scale and in a biological way. Two start-ups saw this trend or innovation as an opportunity for a profit based business. These companies (ECF and UF) designed and developed different types of glass houses you can buy to grow your own vegetables and cultivate your own fish. Fish and vegetables are the perfect combination, because the waste of fish can be nutrition for the plants, whereas the plants purify the water for the fish. Using this method you save water. Also, because these small glass houses are stationed in the city, you reduce costs of transport, which is also sustainable for the environment. When you place the glass house on your roof it can use your bio-waste and waste water. Another advantage is, that it helps with the worldwide overfishing problem. ECF is based in Berlin and UF in Zürich. UF has already done one project in Berlin: They sold a UF Box to the Malzfabrik, which has been in use since 2011. ECF is planning a project in Berlin; The plan is to build a 7000sq glass house on top of the Malzfabrik. For now they have a Containerfarm placed there, you can visit. Other companies developing the same product outside of Germany are BrightFarms and Lufa Farms.

Further Research Agendas:
How sustainable is this new way of farming exactly?
Which firm has the best knowledge at the moment?
Are there ways to make the containers cheaper, so that they can also be bought by inhabitants who want to do urban farming?
When is a roof suitable for placing a glass house?