By Lina Giannarou
The concept of using the large, flat rooftops of Athenian apartment buildings to grow fruit and especially vegetables is gaining popularity among city dwellers not just as a means to save money on basic food products, but also as a way of protecting buildings from the elements and helping reverse the effects of pollution.
It appears that the rooftops of a number of buildings in various parts of the Greek capital are already being converted into small gardens for vegetables, while owners at nurseries say that they have noted a rise in sales of herbs and vegetable seeds.
The idea of planting rooftops is nothing new. For example, in the United States a supermarket chain has already turned to buying from rooftop greenhouses and gardens, while the German company Schloss Wackerbarth produces wine from rooftop vineyards.