What is EM Farming? I was reading an article on organic sustainable farming and came across the term EM farming, yet I had never heard of this technology before. EM stands for Effective Micro-Organisms and when used in farming this technique can bring harvest to a new level.
EM farming has been used in countries that don’t have access to fertilizers and pesticides to aid in crop production. And while it’s been in practice for a number of years it was mostly used in developing countries.
So what is it exactly and how is it of beneficial use? You won’t find a comprehensive definition on Wikipedia – which was a bit disappointing, but there is a plethora of other sites that have taken up the slack.
Effective Micro-Organism farming uses regenerative micro-organisms that already exist in our natural surroundings. EM really tows the line consisting of 80 different kinds of disease-suppressing micro-organisms. They are not genetically engineered or enhanced by chemicals or manipulated in any way to make them any different than they are. By combining specific mixtures of EM they can work together towards a particular end. They are produced to increase natural resistance to harmful components in the soil, plants, water, and even humans and other animals. EM improves the quality of crops and the soil they grow in creating a symbiotic relationship. The good news continues as EM has been found to be used effectively to produce bio-active off shoots such as vitamins, hormones, enzymes, antioxidants and antibiotics that can directly enhance the growth of plants and also act as natural protection.
This form of farming has proven itself safe over many years of use in countries that don not or cannot use Monsanto’s chemical aids. They are the exact opposite to the offerings of the chemical companies solutions without the side effects.
There are five specific families of micro-organisms used to make up EM:
- Lactic acid bacteria
- Photsynthectic bacteria
While these names might not mean anything to you, they have been incorporated into higher and healthier crop yields by those in the know. In combination they suppress harmful micro-organism and encourage quick breakdown of organic substances and suppress the reproduction of harmful fungi. The yeast actually feeds the useful bacteria to stimulate plant growth. Another aspect is the natural synthesis they create from secretions from roots, and harmful gases from other organic matter by implying sunlight and the heat of the soil as a source of energy. Doing this they create better photosynthesis. To be completely support of the crops using the combination of the the five families, micro-organisms are incorporated from the region in which the crops naturally grow.
This gets far more scientific than this writer’s capability to report, so I highly suggest that you be on the watch for other news on this fascinating topic.
The exciting news is that organic farmers are beginning to incorporate this natural application and getting larger, healthier crops. There is no use of harmful pathogens, nothing is genetically modified or chemically synthesized, it is not a drug or a fertilizer.
EM is not only used for better crop production. It can be formulated for other applications as well. Livestock health and environmental clean-up are just two more of the uses that Effective Micro-Organism have been found to aid the planet. This is going to put companies like Monsanto on the run – at least I hope so. No more Roundup for the unsuspecting victims of chemical onslaughts.
Leave me a comment below – tell me if you’ve had any experiences with EM. Do you know if this natural solution is being used in the area where you live?