START-UP PIONEERS FISH-FARM VEGGIE GARDEN

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BERLIN: The ancient Aztecs and Chinese did it millenia ago, and now a Berlin start-up hopes it will feed 21st-century city dwellers using aquaponics, a combination of rearing fish and growing vegetables. Set up inside the brick walls of an old brewery, the company ECF, short for Efficient City Farming, is using an age-old technique to grow tomatoes, peppers and greens in a miniature container farm, fertilized with fish excretions. “Our vision is to give city dwellers access to agricultural goods produced in a sustainable way,” said Nicolas Leschke, who founded ECF two years ago with a business partner. Aquaponics, as the method is known, combines the techniques of hydroponics, or cultivating plants in water, with aquaculture—or the rearing of fish in tanks.

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