Thursday, December 26, 2013

EM-1 Product Review

Used around the world for more than 30 years, Effective Microorganisms (EM-1) is a liquid concentrate of beneficial microorganisms. It is a versatile, all natural, NON-GMO product created by Dr. Teruo Higa in Japan. Its uses can be categorized into three main categories of soils, septic treatment, and waste treatment.

Odor Control Applications of EM-1

Zoos and farmland with livestock can use EM-1 for odor control of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide associated with animal excrement. They can also use the inoculant for controlling the odor of lagoons and stagnant water sources, for cleaning equipment, preventing rust, and cleaning animal facilities as well.

Soil Applications of EM-1

When it comes to agriculture and gardens, EM-1 can be used as a natural fertilizer and soil amendment for crops and other plants. Use of the soil/fertilizer amendment has been going strong since the early 1980s, and is now being used in over 120 countries with farming infrastructure both large and small. In agriculture, EM-1 is able to produce the following to help stabilize the structure of soil:

  • Polysaccharides
  • Micronutrients
  • Organic acids
  • Enzymes

Such micronutrients and other components in the soil help prevent erosion, run-off, and the collapse of porous spaces during heavy rains.

From a personal gardening standpoint, using EM-1 to amend your soil will encourage populations of earthworms and beneficial insects to inhabit the space and naturally enrich the soil. EM-1 is also great for accelerating your compost piles.

Offered in sizes as small as 12 ounces and as large as 275 gallons, EM-1 microbial inoculant can serve its purpose in a variety of circumstances and practices. From keeping your livestock pens clean and odor free to fertilizing and amending your soils to creating strong and fertile compost, EM-1 will do the job at an affordable price point.

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