Info EM Probiotic

EM Probiotic (Multipurpose Use) # 11030, # 11032, #11033

EM Probiotic What is it?: Beneficial microbes liquid that is probiotic, eco-friendly, health enhancing that is naturally found in nature since ancient times. It excludes any pathogenic and genetically modified microorganisms that are not harmful to humans, animals and plants. It contains about 80 different beneficial microorganisms that are known to work together to provide many benefits for soil, plants and environment. Some of these are similar to bread, yogurt, cheese, wine, etc. with four major groups: Lactobacillus, photosynthetic bacteria, actinomycetes and yeasts. Together, they produce various bioactivators such as vitamins, enzymes, hormones and natural antibiotics that emit constant beneficial energy for life on earth to thrive. It is successfully used for soil improvement, live stock raising, water purification, odour control and food composting in over 120 countries for over past 30 years.
Lactic Acid Bacteria - Lactic acid bacteria is, taxonomically, a generic term for bacteria that convert large amounts of sugars into lactic acid through lactic acid fermentation. Through the production of lactic acid, lactic acid bacteria also inhibit the growth of pathogenic microorganisms and other various microorganisms by lowering the pH. Lactic acid bacteria are widely known in the production of fermented foods such as cheese and yogurt that can be naturally preserved for a long period of time. Ever since Louis Pasteur discovered lactic acid bacteria in 1857, it has been noted for its beneficial effects on health and longevity. Recent research indicates that besides regulating the intestines, lactic acid bacteria also are known for being involved in immunostimulatory activity; having antioncotic properties; their antimutagenicity; lowering cholesterol and for having a hypotensive effect.

Yeast -Known as a fermentation starter, yeast is a microorganism necessary for the brewing of alcohol and the making of bread. Yeast was discovered by the Dutch merchant Antony Van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), who first discovered the world of microorganisms. Taxonomically, yeast is a eukaryotic. It differs from fungus in that it generally is unicellular throughout its life. Within the microbial world it is a small group of microorganisms, yet it is essential for human life. Yeast live in sugar-rich environments such as in nectar and the surface of fruits.

Phototrophic Bacteria
Phototrophic bacteria (also known as photosynthetic bacteria) are an ancient type of bacteria in existence from before the Earth had its present concentration of oxygen. As its name indicates, these bacteria utilize solar energy to metabolize organic and inorganic substances. Phototrophic bacteria exist in rice fields and lakes, and everywhere on Earth. In practical terms, the potential of phototrophic bacteria is particularly seen in the environmental fields. Because it decomposes organic materials well, among these applications is its use in wastewater treatment. Research has also reported on its effectiveness in applied use in agriculture, aquaculture, and animal husbandry. Research is also underway in its use in hydrogen production and its ability to decompose persistent substances. Phototrophic bacteria are involved in various metabolic systems, and play a major role in nitrogen cycling and carbon cycling.
How does Probiotic EM work?
Previously thought to be incompatible, it was discovered that the union of both aerobic and anaerobic microbes gives longer and stronger benefits than a single one. These microorganisms and molecules release healthy organic antioxidant growth combined with a synergistic solution similar to lactic acid used in yoghurt. Fermenting fungi and yeasts secrete B vitamins, nourishing plants, and suppressing odors and putrefaction. Enzymes produce anti-microbial substances that suppress harmful microbes. This is Mother Nature’s way to regenerate and balance ecological harmony by functioning as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, herbicide and insecticide creating a foundation that is beneficial to all life on earth to thrive.
Uses of EM Probiotic:
  • Agriculture – Increases yield, quality and fertility of soil and reduces methane production and also enhance farm slurry treatment.
  • Aquaculture & Fish Keeping – Improving water quality & fish health with Probiotic EM and EM Ceramics
  • Aquatic Ecosystems – Bioremediation of lakes & ponds using EM for silt reduction & pollution control
  • Biobeds – To increase their efficiency
  • EM Composting – EM Bokashi to improve composting efficiency and toxicity
  • Equestrian – EM Bokashi to boost horse’s health and for odour control
  • Horticulture – To increases soil fertility, quality and disease suppression
  • Hydroponics – Increases efficiency of nutrient uptake
  • Livestock, Poultry & Game – Use as a probiotic and for odour control
  • Reed Beds – Using to increase their efficiency
  • Household & Industrial Use – washrooms & kitchen cleaner, floral water vase water, washing vegetables, etc.
  • Odour Control - household & industry for rooms, pets, livestock, etc.

EM Probiotic Benefits for Producing Safe and Healthy Organic Crops
Most pesticides and herbicides have harmful effects to agricultural users, the land, farmers and the consumers of the produce. These chemicals kill beneficial microbes in the soil and contaminate the surrounding air and water, leading to serious ecological destruction. Use of Probiotic EM benefits to increase yield, quality and fertility of soil, improve the soil’s microbial health and promoting a healthy environment.
  • Regular Farm on site hands on Healthy Earth Inspection and testing.
  • Absolutely No GMO and chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
  • Using organic EM Nature Farming Methods using beneficial EM Probiotics and Enzymes Probiotics that is non-toxic and beneficial and safe for all humans, animals and the environment.
  • All additions of manure, hay, green waste, compost treated with EM Probiotic or Enzyme Probiotic before adding to farm soils to ensure any unwanted contamination.
  • Use only organic seeds for planting. No GMO seeds.
  • Soil Testing for contamination control

 

Healthy Earth Certified Farming

  • Regular Farm on site hands on Healthy Earth Inspection and testing.
  • Absolutely No GMO and chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
  • Using organic EM Nature Farming Methods using beneficial EM Probiotics and Enzymes Probiotics that is non-toxic and beneficial and safe for all humans, animals and the environment.
  • All additions of manure, hay, green waste, compost treated with EM Probiotic or Enzyme Probiotic before adding to farm soils to ensure any unwanted contamination.
  • Use only organic seeds for planting. No GMO seeds.
  • Soil Testing for contamination control

What is meant by Effective Microorganisms (EM)?

E.M. is an abbreviation for Effective Microorganisms

Microorganisms are tiny units of life that are too small to be seen with the naked eye and they exist everywhere in nature. Microorganisms are crucial for maintaining the ecological balance. They carry out chemical processes that make it possible for all other organisms including humans to live. There are friendly guys of the microbial worlds known as beneficial microorganisms and a not so friendly group called pathogens that are harmful and capable of producing disease, decay and pollution.

EM origin

In 1982 Dr.Higa at the University of Ryukyus, Okinawa Japan, discovered a specific group of naturally occurring beneficial microorganisms with an amazing ability to revive, restore, and preserve. He named this group E.M. (Effective microorganisms).

EM the Natural Product

•EM is the trade mark used to identify this particular mixture of beneficial organisms

•E.M. is a combined culture of aerobic microorganisms (requiring oxygen to survive) and anaerobic (requires no oxygen to survive) that co-exist together to the mutual advantage of both (symbiosis).

•E.M combines with the existing microorganisms within the soil. They work together to build a healthy living soil.

•E.M is not toxic or pathogenic and is safe for humans, animals and the environment.

EM in action

Current research indicates that EM cultures can suppress soil-borne pathogens, accelerate the decomposition of organic wastes, increase the availability of mineral nutrients and useful organic compounds to plants, enhance the activities of beneficial micro-organisms, e.g., mycorrhizae, nitrogen fixing bacteria, and eliminate the need for chemical fertilisers and pesticides. EM helps to increase beneficial soil micro-organisms and suppression of harmful ones.

Using EM Liquid Concentrate

~As a foliage application

Apply weekly using a clean sprayer and spray directly onto the plants ensuring through wetting. This should be done in early morning or late afternoon for best results and to prevent leaf scorch.

~As a soil application

Give a good watering ensuring the solution fully drenches / wets the soil. Apply as required around mature plants or on open ground. When incorporating organic matter/compost into the soil, apply EM dilution to the organic matter before digging in.

No dig gardening

Cut any annual weeds, grass, or crop residues at least 5 cm from the ground and place the material on the soil as a mulch. Spray EM liquid weekly on the mulch and plants.

~As a compost application

Apply to the compost heap to reduce troublesome odours and flies as well as improving the compost process and quality. Preferably spray on with a hand sprayer to prevent over wetting the compost heap and apply at each addition of fresh material if possible.

~EM for the garden

EM is a liquid concentrate and in this form the micro organisms are alive but dormant. It is a dark brown liquid with a pleasant vinegary yeasty type smell. The pH of this liquid is approx. 3.5. To activate the EM simply dilute the concentrated solution with clean chlorine free water. The EM solution which is then produced is a yellowish brown in colour with a pleasant smell.

 

 

~Where to use EM Liquid Concentrate

EM Liquid Concentrate can be used as a pre planting treatment, as a foliar spray, or for actively growing fruit and veggie crops, and for all ornamental plants. In fact anywhere in the garden including your compost heap or areas of poor or stagnant soil.

~Applying EM Liquid Concentrate

Use EM liquid concentrate in the garden at the rate of 5ml EM concentrated solution diluted in 1 litre of clean chlorine free water. Apply at the rate of one litre per square metre. These are minimum recommended rates for use.

~EM in the soil

Most organics including animal manures and composts have populations of micro-organisms. Many of these are beneficial upon introduction to the soil; however they are soon overwhelmed by the existing soil microorganisms. Thus, the beneficial effects of micro-organisms introduced with the application of composts are often short lived. On application EM cultures are subject to the same fate when applied to the soil environment. But the advantage of EM is that beneficial microorganisms are in much greater numbers, and in optimally-balanced populations when introduced, so remain dominant in the soil for a much longer time.

The effectiveness of EM can be extended in soils by three applications of EM at 8 – 10 day intervals during the first 3 to 4 weeks after planting a crop. This will insure that EM populations remain high throughout a critical a period when young seedlings and plants are vulnerable to environmental stresses (drought, heat, weeds, and pathogens). It is at this stage when the greatest loss in crop yield and quality occurs.

~EM cultures and organics

EM cultures have been used effectively to inoculate both farm wastes as well as urban wastes to reduce odours and hasten the treatment process. EM has also been used with great success as an inoculant for composting a wide variety of organic wastes. An EM culture known as EM Bokashi can be used for composting food organics and other compostable materials. EM Bokashi is a fermented compost starter made from sawdust and wheat bran. When the correct conditions are provided EM sets in motion a fermentation process to transform food and other organic materials into compost.

~EM effects on soils and crops

EM has been used on many different soils and crops over a wide range of conditions. Results show that in most cases EM gives positive results. EM is not a substitute for other management practices. EM technology is an added dimension for optimising our best soil.

Crop management practices such as crop rotations, use of composts, crop residue recycling, and biological control of pests. If used properly EM enhances soil fertility and promotes growth, flowering, fruit development and ripening in crops. It can increase crop yields and improve crop quality as well as accelerating the breakdown of organic matter from crop residues. The population of beneficial micro- organisms in the soil is also increased helping to control soil diseases through competitive exclusion. In New Zealand EM has Bio-Gro certification as an “Approved organic product”.

~EM for weeds pests and diseases

EM is not a pesticide and contains no inorganic chemicals. EM is a microbial inoculant that works as a bio-control measure in suppressing and/or controlling pests through the introduction of beneficial microorganisms to soils and plants. Pests and pathogens are suppressed or controlled through natural processes by enhancing the competitive and antagonistic activities of the microorganisms in the EM inoculants.

~Is EM farming considered organic farming? EM farming is organic farming with many additional benefits such as:

Increases yield, quality and fertility of soil and produce, reduced infestation, reduced weeds, increased drought and cold resistance resulting in longer season, reduces methane production and enhances farm slurry treatment.

~What is organic farming?

Organic farming system is not new and is being followed from ancient time. It is a method of farming system which primarily aimed at cultivating the land and raising crops in such a way, as to keep the soil alive and in good health by use of organic wastes (crop, animal and farm wastes, aquatic wastes) and other biological materials along with beneficial microbes (biofertilizers) to release nutrients to crops for increased sustainable production in an eco friendly pollution free environment.

As per the definition of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) study team on organic farming “organic farming is a system which avoids or largely excludes the use of synthetic inputs (such as fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, feed additives etc) and to the maximum extent feasible rely upon crop rotations, crop residues, animal manures, off-farm organic waste, mineral grade rock additives and biological system of nutrient mobilization and plant protection”.

FAO suggested that “Organic agriculture is a unique production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity, and this is accomplished by using on-farm agronomic, biological and mechanical methods in exclusion of all synthetic off-farm inputs”.

The four principles of organic agriculture are as follows:

~Principle of health

  • Organic Agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.
  • This principle points out that the health of individuals and communities cannot be separated from the health of ecosystems – healthy soils produce healthy crops that foster the health of animals and people.
  • Health is the wholeness and integrity of living systems. It is not simply the absence of illness, but the maintenance of physical, mental, social and ecological well-being. Immunity, resilience and regeneration are key characteristics of health.
  • The role of organic agriculture, whether in farming, processing, distribution, or consumption, is to sustain and enhance the health of ecosystems and organisms from the smallest in the soil to human beings. In particular, organic agriculture is intended to produce high quality, nutritious food that contributes to preventive health care and well-being. In view of this it should avoid the use of fertilizers, pesticides, animal drugs and food additives that may have adverse health effects.

~Principle of ecology

  • Organic Agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.
  • This principle roots organic agriculture within living ecological systems. It states that production is to be based on ecological processes, and recycling. Nourishment and well-being are achieved through the ecology of the specific production environment. For example, in the case of crops this is the living soil; for animals it is the farm ecosystem; for fish and marine organisms, the aquatic environment.
  • Organic farming, pastoral and wild harvest systems should fit the cycles and ecological balances in nature. These cycles are universal but their operation is site-specific. Organic management must be adapted to local conditions, ecology, culture and scale. Inputs should be reduced by reuse, recycling and efficient management of materials and energy in order to maintain and improve environmental quality and conserve resources.
  • Organic agriculture should attain ecological balance through the design of farming systems, establishment of habitats and maintenance of genetic and agricultural diversity. Those who produce, process, trade, or consume organic products should protect and benefit the common environment including landscapes, climate, habitats, biodiversity, air and water.

~Principle of fairness

  • Organic Agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.
  • Fairness is characterized by equity, respect, justice and stewardship of the shared world, both among people and in their relations to other living beings.
  • This principle emphasizes that those involved in organic agriculture should conduct human relationships in a manner that ensures fairness at all levels and to all parties – farmers, workers, processors, distributors, traders and consumers. Organic agriculture should provide everyone involved with a good quality of life, and contribute to food sovereignty and reduction of poverty. It aims to produce a sufficient supply of good quality food and other products.
  • This principle insists that animals should be provided with the conditions and opportunities of life that accord with their physiology, natural behavior and well-being.
  • Natural and environmental resources that are used for production and consumption should be managed in a way that is socially and ecologically just and should be held in trust for future generations. Fairness requires systems of production, distribution and trade that are open and equitable and account for real environmental and social costs.

~Principle of care

  • Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.
  • Organic agriculture is a living and dynamic system that responds to internal and external demands and conditions. Practitioners of organic agriculture can enhance efficiency and increase productivity, but this should not be at the risk of jeopardizing health and well-being. Consequently, new technologies need to be assessed and existing methods reviewed. Given the incomplete understanding of ecosystems and agriculture, care must be taken.
  • This principle states that precaution and responsibility are the key concerns in management, development and technology choices in organic agriculture. Science is necessary to ensure that organic agriculture is healthy, safe and ecologically sound. However, scientific knowledge alone is not sufficient. Practical experience, accumulated wisdom and traditional and indigenous knowledge offer valid solutions, tested by time. Organic agriculture should prevent significant risks by adopting appropriate technologies and rejecting unpredictable ones, such as genetic engineering. Decisions should reflect the values and needs of all who might be affected, through transparent and participatory processes.

Organic farming approach involves following five principles:

1. Conversion of land from conventional management to organic management

2. Management of the entire surrounding system to ensure biodiversity and sustainability of the system.

3. Crop production with the use of alternative sources of nutrients such as crop rotation, residue management, organic manures and biological inputs.

4. Management of weeds and pests by better management practices, physical and cultural means and by biological control system

5. Maintenance of live stock in tandem with organic concept and make them an integral part of the entire system

Modern Farming

Today’s chemical farms have little use for the skilled husbandry which was once the guiding principle of working the land. The emphasis today is solely on productivity – high input in exchange for high returns and productivity (mostly diminishing now however for farmers worldwide). Four important considerations – what happens to the land, the food it produces, the people who eat it and the communities which lose out – are overlooked.

Land exhaustion: The constant use of artificial fertilizer, together with a lack of crop rotation, reduces the soil’s fertility year by year.

Fertilizers: High yield levels are produced by applying large quantities of artificial fertilizers, instead of by maintaining the natural fertility of the soil.

Nitrate run-off: About half of the nitrate in the artificial fertilizer used on crops is dissolved by rain. The dissolved nitrate runs off the fields to contaminate water courses.

Soil erosion: Where repeated deep ploughing is used to turn over the ground, heavy rains can carry away the topsoil and leave the ground useless for cultivation.

Soil compaction: Damage to the structure of soil by compression is a serious problem in areas that are intensively farmed. Conventional tillage may involve a tractor passing over the land six or seven times, and the wheelings can cover up to 90 per cent of a field. Even a single tractor pass can compress the surface enough to reduce the porosity of the soil by 70 per cent, increasing surface run-off and, therefore, water erosion. In the worst cases, the surface run-off may approach 100 percent – none of the water penetrates the surface

Agricultural fuel: As crop yields grow, so does the amount of fuel needed to produce them. European farmers now use an average of 12 tons of fuel to farm a square kilometre of land; American farmers use about 5 tons (1987 figures).

Biocide sprays: The only controls used against weeds and pests are chemical ones. Most crops receive many doses of different chemicals before they are harvested.

Cruelty to animals: On most “modern” farms, all animals are crowded together indoors. Complex systems of machinery are needed to feed them, while constant medication is needed to prevent disease. The cruelty involved in managing, breeding, growing and slaughtering farm animals today is unimaginably repulsive and horrifying.

Animal slurry: With so many animals packed together in indoor pens, their manure accumulates at great speed. It is often poured into lagoons which leak into local watercourses, contaminating them with disease-causing organisms and contributing to algae-blooms.

Imported animal feed: Many farms are not self-sufficient in animal feed; instead they rely on feed brought into the farm. This often comes from countries which can ill afford to part with it.

Stubble burning: In countries where stubble is burned, large amounts of potentially useful organic matter disappear into the sky in clouds of polluting smoke

Loss of cultivated biodiversity: Large and other chemical farms tend to be monocultures growing the same crop and crop variety

Threat to indigenous seeds and animal breeds and species: Native cultivars and animal breeds lose out to exotic species and hybrids. Many native animal breeds are today threatened with extinction. The same holds true for many indigenous plant varieties which have disappeared within the space of one generation.

Habitat destruction: Agribusiness farming demands that anything which stands in the way of crop production is uprooted and destroyed. The wild animals and plants which were once a common sight around farms are deprived of their natural habitat and die out.

Contaminated food: Food, both plant and animal products, leaves the farm contaminated with the chemicals that were used to produce it.

Destruction of traditional knowledge systems and traditions: Rural indigenous knowledge and traditions, both agricultural and non-agricultural, is invariably connected to agriculture and agricultural systems.

Control of agriculture inputs and food distribution channel: The supply and trading in agricultural inputs and produce is in the hands of a few large corporations. This threatens food security, reducing the leverage and importance of the first and the last part of the supply chain – the farmer and the consumer.

Threat to individual farmers: Chemical agriculture is a threat to their livelihoods and changes their lifestyles, unfortunately not for the better.

Source: www.localfoodworks.org