EM® is an acronym for Effective Micro-organisms®. EM® is the registered brand name given to a family of microbial-based products using a technology discovered and developed by Professor Dr. Teruo Higa, a Japanese scientist.
These naturally sourced microbes are collected, multiplied, and developed into various formulations to aid nature and improve the health of our soil, environment, and ultimately all living beings.
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Dr. Teruo Higa discovered that microbes in EM-1® were able to survive in culture. Furthermore, these microbes could co-exist in service to each other, safely, effectively, exchanging information and co-prospering. These beneficial micro-organisms have been shown to have substantial benefits for our health and the environment, tested and verified through numerous studies worldwide, in all settings, from humans and animals’ intestinal tracts to water, plants, and soil.
All EM® Technology products contain EM-1® in some part of their manufacturing process. EM-1® is a liquid bacterial product comprising three groups of beneficial microbes: Photosynthetic Bacteria, Lactic Acid Bacteria, and Yeast. These microbes work together, in synergy, with local and native beneficial microbes.
The phenomenon of microbes co-existing, co-prospering, and serving each other Dr. Higa coined this relationship ‘syntropy’. This model became the precept of the EM® Principles and a guiding tenet for all those involved with this technology.
The special feature of EM® is the combination of aerobic and anaerobic micro-organisms. Aerobic means “living with oxygen” and anaerobic means “living without oxygen”. In the scientific world, it was always assumed that these two groups could not possibly live side by side because the conditions under which they live are opposites. This turns out not to be true. Both groups naturally occur together in the soil.
Aerobic and anaerobic micro-organisms have in common that they can change substances into antioxidants. These have a beneficial effect on the health of the soil, plants, people, and animals.
Microorganisms work according to the dominance principle and thus restore the microbial balance. In the world of micro-organisms there are different groups. There are two small dominant groups, the “effective” microorganisms and the “harmful” microorganisms, and a large group of “followers”. In nature, the group of followers work together with one of the above-mentioned dominant groups. In practice, this means that they join the most suitable dominant group. There is a constant power struggle between the effective and the harmful organisms. The billions of followers simply wait to see which of the two groups gets the upper hand. Then they adapt and follow or imitate the victor.
If the “good guys”, the effective micro-organisms, gain the upper hand, they will exert their constructive and disease-reducing influence in all areas (e.g. air, soil, plants, water, humans, animals,…). The correct use of EM® in households, the environment, agriculture, and horticulture can promote the increase of effective micro-organisms everywhere.
EM® is a living substance and does not work in the same way as an antibiotic or chemical. EM® increases the population of beneficial micro-organisms. EM® does not kill. It is not an antibiotic, but a mixture of life-stimulating micro-organisms, known from various food preparations such as beer, wine, sauerkraut,… Life gives life!
EM® works gradually. Depending on the application, you can expect an effect between a few hours (e.g. odour nuisance) to sometimes several years (e.g. soil fertility). The effect of EM® is partly based on a combination of fermentative micro-organisms. The metabolic products created by fermentation are widely known as antioxidants, vitamins, and enzymes. Super healthy!