One million Apologies to Mother Earth (Maleisië)


uit het archief van (augustus 2009):

The Beginning of a Milestone

Prof. Higa and Mr. Soo at the “One million Apologies to Mother Earth” event

Penang state in Malaysia known as the Pearl of Orient, is an island popular for tourists for its rich Chinese heritage, offering beautiful temples, ruins, museums, preserved forests and beautiful beaches.
Unfortunately, due to the recently business development focused on the coastal locations, local environment is being change to polluted seas and rivers.

Mr. Soo, from Bioremeds (M) Sdn. Bhd., EM supplier in Penang called for a remediation project to give a solution to polluted rivers and sea coast in Penang state.
In joint project with the Government of Penang State, the project called “One million Apologies to Mother Earth” launched to involve governmental bodies, organizations, private sectors and residents in a bioremediation campaign to protect the rivers and recover the aquatic life.

Several workshops were organized to teach people concern more about the environment and learn on the benefits of EM. During workshops, participants had the opportunity to make EM Mudballs to be thrown into polluted rivers and Gurney bay where an opening ceremony was scheduled for August 8th 2009.

One Million Apologies to Mother Earth Event

Prof. Higa and Chief Minister of Penang declared August 8th as the “World EM Mudball Day”

Prof. Teruo Higa was invited to give a seminar on EM and ask participants to create environmental consciousness by joining making and throwing EM Mudballs in Penang state rivers and channels.

The opening ceremony of the environmental awareness event, “One Million Apologies to Mother Earth” where Mr. Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang was in charge of the inauguration held on August 8th 2009 at Gurney Drive.
The event was highlighted with a state-wide throwing of one million EM mudballs into channels, rivers and seafronts in Penang state with the participation of approximately 18,000 people that threw 1.2 million EM Mudballs into polluted river and seashore.
The same day, Prof. Higa signed a proclamation declaring August 8th as the “World EM Mudball Day” in the presence of the state governor.

Mr. Soo remembered that was worried about how he could make the one million mudballs but one day a nine-year-old girl came to see him, and said, “We did terrible things to the earth’s environment. We want to apologize to the earth and make EM mudballs to help out.” This reinvigorated Mr. Soo and making EM Mudballs became a statewide project reaching 1.2 million of EM Mudballs.

Chief Minister of Penang thowing EM Mudballs at Gurney Drive

Prof. Higa with Mr. Soo, EMRO Staff and organizers

Volunteers throw EM Mudballs in other sites also as a pre event

Measure of sludge before applying EM Mudballs at Gurney Drive

Reduction of sludge after applying EM Mudballs

EM Mudball Event Worldwide

The magnitude and passion of this event boosted what we call as the “EM Mudballs Movement” worldwide.
In Japan, the EM Mudball Movement held during the Ocean Day on July 20th every year throughout Japan. EM groups along with volunteers gather to make and throw EM mudballs hoping to keep rivers and sea coasts clean. In Okinawa, the event is celebrated with volunteers who wants to keep beaches clean so participants start collecting waste and ended throwing EM mudballs.

In Thailand, during the big flood of 2011, thousands of volunteers joined to make EM mudballs everywhere in community halls and even in shopping malls to act against the serious pollution of water. Even the Prime Minister in charge, joined the movement and threw EM mudballs while supplying emergency relief goods (see the news at REUTERS). Read more at EM to Fight the Worst Flood in Thailand History

In the Philippines, EM Mudball Movement is getting excited with a group of young people concerned on pollution which has called for the project known as “the fight of Super Mudball”. They earnest promote how to care about environment and take advantage of EM mudballs. They organize events and workshops periodically to throw the EM mudballs into rivers and channels.

In Russia, also enthusiastic at this movement, our partner along with government support, has launched a project to purify Amur bay in Vladivostok in 2016. They use boats to apply more than 35000 EM mudballs into the sea.

In Brazil, our partner has launched events with governmental and private entities to clean rivers and ponds involiving community and children to create a better environment.

And there are many more countries that inspired by the EM Mudball are continuously helping the natural environment.





EM-X Gold, een remedie tegen straling (Frans)


Van een Franse collega ontvingen we het artikel waar we hier een link van hebben geplaatst. Het oorspronkelijke artikel is in het Frans, maar we hebben ook een link naar de Nederlandse Google translate versie geplaatst.

In het kort…er is onlangs in Noorwegen een lek van jodium 131 in de kernreactor in Halden geweest. Er zijn verschillende metingen al gedaan o.a. in Frankrijk van toename van het volatile stof die gemakkelijk via planten, wortels, dieren, in de mens terechtkomt.
Hier wordt in de media niet over gesproken maar hoe dan ook, ook als de schade klein is het al gaande.
What to do?
Naast de jodium tinctuur die je preventief kan nemen voor je schildklier wordt hier gesproken over EMX gold. De micro-organismen eten de radioactieve stoffen in jouw lichaam op.

Een citaat, vrij vertaald met Google Translate:

“Ik herinner me over het ongeluk bij Tchernobyl dat in de noordelijke gebieden met tienduizenden bestraalde en niet-consumeerbare rendieren er op een veld dat behandeld was met EM, een kudde was waar noch de dieren, noch de planten een spoor van radioactiviteit hadden.

In Fukushima is een boomgaard gevonden in de rode zone die behandeld was met EM en waarvan de perziken, abrikozen, peren en appels wonderbaarlijk vrij waren van radioactiviteit en daarom perfect eetbaar – vreemd genoeg wordt hier weinig over gecommuniceerd – maar ik heb deze info in mijn dagboek gezet – en men zou zelfs kunnen zeggen dat met probeert om deze geweldige ervaring te vergeten …!”

Het artikel in Nederlands (Google Translate):

Het oorspronkelijke artikel:

Can Effective Microorganisms reduce radioactive radiation?


SWISTTAL-HEIMERZHEIM (NNA) – Attempts to reduce the radioactive contamination of soil in the vicinity of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan are reported on the website of EMIKO group of companies.

The technology of so-called Effective Microorganisms (EM) was developed by the Japanese agricultural scientist Prof. Teruo Higa. Higa has been conducting research for the last 30 years to improve soil quality through microorganisms. EM technology is created through mixing a variety of microorganism to ensure active soil life through differentiated and highly developed fermentation techniques, the website says.

A conference on the subject of EM in Fukushima last October was attended by 900 people. Scientists from Belarus reported about their research using EM to reduce radioactive radiation and the technology was also used after the Tsunami in Thailand. The October conference was looking at possibilities of using EM in the Fukushima region. The conference included visits to farms and experimental fields.

The first indication that EM might help to reduce radiation came when an organic farmer who had used EM on his fruit farm for 20 years supplied apples and pears to his cooperative last summer for the first time after the nuclear disaster. Many of his fellow farmers were unable to sell their fruit because it contained too high levels of radiation. However no such radiation levels were found in the fruit of the organic farmer using EM.

EMIKO says that the reasons for the reduced radiation levels have not yet been finally determined. But research by Prof. Higa and Prof. Tazaki as to why soil and crops treated with Effective Microorganisms display less radioactive contamination indicates that the EM might be able to transform harmful caesium into non-radioactive barium.


Item: 130107-02EN Date: 7 January 2013

Copyright 2013 News Network Anthroposophy Limited. All rights reserved.

Black finless porpoise increased in the ocean (Japan)


Een case study uit het archief van EM Research Organisation Japan:

Mikawa Bay Purification Citizen School, which was established in 2002 in the Mikawa Bay area, exhibited at the Aichi Expo Seto venue in 2005 regarding their activities. With the slogan, “exciting environmental purification,” and as a volunteer activity that makes use of the autonomy and independence of each individual, we continue to expand EM activities in various areas because we enjoy it. We use EM with the different methods and purposes in various areas, in drainage from each household, direct application into rivers, in hotels and other companies, in livestock industry septic tanks, and EM applied agricultural drainage in fields and rice paddies. The amount of EM input continues to grow every year and through the rivers, such as the Yahagi River, it is flowing into Mikawa Bay. As a result, there has been significantly increased run-up of Ayu (sweetfish) to Yahagi River, the quality of fishery products has improved, including the short-necked clam, and the fish catches have increased, too. In addition, the small dolphin (“finless porpoise”) that it was feared had sharply decreased in number are now frequently seen, and it has been observed that the number of individual dolphins has been increasing. In Chita Peninsula, twenty five organizations affiliated with the Bay One Citizen’s School which was established in 2006, has carried out the application of EM in a variety of forms, such as in drainage channels and ponds, clams have greatly increased, especially in the south part of China Peninsula, and more and more people are enjoying shellfish gathering.

In the Ise Bay, “EM Exciting Net Mie” was launched in 2007, in cooperation with the local fisheries and school children, and they are trying to improve water system. In 2009, three groups, the Nagoya Horikawa Lions, the Horikawa Eco Club and EM Aichi NPO, began applying activated EM into Horikawa River, which flows through the center of Nagoya city down to Ise Bay. Horikawa River was contaminated by the influx of industrial wastewater and household sewage, and had problems with odor and poor water quality, but now the bad odor is greatly reduced, and biodiversity is returning.

Throwing EM Mudbals

Activated EM・1 in Mikawa Bay

Large catch of clams

Flocks of snowy heron are seen along Horikawa river.

Fisherman’s boat is used to throw EM・1 in Ise Bay.

A river in Yokkaichi







Solutions for apartment dwellers: Bokashi composting


At least 60 percent of the U.S. population lives in multifamily homes like apartments, which can make composting more difficult. When you don’t have a backyard to toss your scraps, where do they go? Fortunately, more cities are taking steps toward being sustainable and are offering solutions for multifamily dwellers. Cities including San Francisco, Seattle, and Boulder, Colo., all offer curbside composting pickup.

But what do you do if you don’t have someone conveniently picking up your leftover food? A growing number of companies are introducing composting systems for small spaces, proving that composting in the city doesn’t need to be a chore.

One of these systems is Bokashi, a unique method of composting that works especially well for apartment dwellers. Unlike most methods of composting where the food rots, with Bokashi, the food actually ferments (or pickles) while it’s being broken down.

In other composting methods, the rotting process can fully break down the waste. In the Bokashi method, the waste is fermented by micro-organisms in an anaerobic process. Then when it’s safe, the waste is buried in the ground where soil microbes finish the work.

You do need the right equipment to make Bokashi composting work. Here’s a look at the process:

  • Each day, you’ll add all of your food scraps (even meat and cheese can be included in Bokashi!) into the bucket.
  • Some people save scraps in the freezer and add them less frequently.
  • Then you’ll sprinkle a special culture powder over the food.
  • After that, you place a pressure plate on top of the scraps and seal the bucket to ensure no oxygen can enter the system.

The Bokashi fermenting system is 10 times faster than other composting methods and it works year-round. It typically takes about seven to 14 days for the food to get to a state where it can safely be put in the ground.

Bonus: Since the system is sealed, there should be no foul smells coming from your composter. It also won’t attract flies, rats or other vermin.

If you live in the city, you might be thinking, “Where am I supposed to put these food scraps in the ground?” You’ll find services that will pick up your Bokashi fermented food scraps in many cities. In New York City, Vokashi is one service to look into.

Still uncertain if Bokashi composting is right for you? Check out these videos to learn more.


World Cultural Heritage Temple Pond Became Clean (Japan)


One of the most remarkable reports in EM application case studies in Japan is the Todaiji Temple, which was built in the begining of the 8th century and is famous for the “Great Buddha in Nara”.
They are using EM Technology with excellent results not only for water treatment of the pond inside the Temple but also for the recovery of pine trees and elimination of foul odor of septic tanks and deer excreta.
EM Technology is also used for environmental protection of shrines and temples near Todaiji Temple and even in some other areas registered as the World Cultural Heritage.

Good effect of EM Technology made Todaiji Temple very serious
The manager in charge of general affairs at Todaiji Temple had tried many methods to find the best system to improve the water condition of the pond before he came to know about EM Technology through Ms. Kazuko Goto, the representative of Non-Profit Organization U-net for Nara Prefecture to him.
Ms. Goto, together with other U-net members, had been involved in purification programs by way of EM Technology with good result at Class A Komo River which is a part of Yamato  River System running in the City of Nara.

After the manager of Todaiji Temple received some advices from Ms. Goto, he did some research by himself on cases of EM application. Occasionally he visited the actual sites to investigate the effect of EM Technology, and 6 months later, in December 2007, he concluded that EM could contribute to the environmental purification.
Therefore, he purchased and installed an EM Bio-reactor and a fermentation tank to introduce EM Technology in the temple facilities.

From January of 2008, Activated EM•1 was poured into 3 ponds (Ooyuya-Ike, Naga-Ike and the most downstream, Kagami-Ike) but mainly into Kagami-Ike alongside of the approach to Buddah’s Hall from Nandaimon (Great Southern Gate).

During this project, 3 staffs from Todaiji Temple were allocated to the actual work for EM application and EM Suketto-Net Co., Ltd. (in Nagoya City represented by Mr. Masanori Oka), which was experienced in EM Technology application, was in charge of device management and work planning.

Activated EM・1® was poured into the water channels connecting each pond as well.

Activated EM・1 was poured into Kagami-Ike directly from the tank on the lorry.

Kagami-Ike sparkled like a mirror

Approximately 500 L of Activated EM•1 was poured into each Pond weekly. The result was remarkable.
No E. coli bacteria were detected at Kagami-Ike and the transparency improved to 50 cm about 3 months after the application. As a result of the continuous efforts such as placing EM Ceramics at water channels, the summer troubles such as freshwater red tide and foul odor produced by algal blooms were solved.
In the meantime, volunteers and children of Todaiji Temple Gakuen Kindergarten made about 2,500 EM mud balls and threw them into the ponds and water channels.

Before: 20 October 2007

After: 19 December 2008

At first Mr. Oka expected that it would take at least 3 years to have a good result; however, it turned out to be only 1 year. Kagami-Ike is usually muddy when it rains to soiled water flowing from the upstream when it rains, but apparently, it returns to normal in a shorter time than before. The quality of the soil at the bottom of the pond is getting better thanks to the 5,000 EM mud balls thrown into the pond in 2 batches one year before.

Kagami-Ike used to have a stage in Japanese-garden-style, sticking out towards a small island (Nakanoshima) in the middle of the pond and it was necessary for the water to be cloudy to a certain extent in order to screen off the ground of the stage. However, the water tended to remain muddy for a longer time than is necessary. Moreover, an artificial waterfall that is to circulate and to filter the water located in the northwest of the pond dag up the algae deposited at the bottom of the pond, which diffused a foul odor.
Approximately 300kg of EM Ceramics were placed at this location this spring, and as a result, the foul odor disappeared and the water clarity improved up to 0.5-1 m.

Now ripples like fine wrinkles sparkling on the surface of the pond can be seen anytime. This is a typical found only in a pond with a good water quality. The reflection of Buddah’s Hall and pine trees at the pond can be seen on the surface of the water which brought Kagami-Ike back to what it was supposed to be in a sense that “Kagami” means “mirror” in Japanese.
Todaiji Temple requested a third party to compare pre- and post-data of the water quality.
Also, Mr. Oka and Ms. Goto collect water samples a few times a month to analyze water clarity and quality.

(E.Coli values per ml)

Kindergarten children and volunteers threw EM mud balls into Kagami-Ike. (27 March 2009)

Prof. Higa also visits the temple and gives advices personally

EM Revitalizes Pine trees at the Temple
New shoots came out from stand dead pine trees….

Activated EM•1 mixed with EM Ceramic powder is sprayed to pine trees

Other than the water improvement project, last year, they tried to revive approximately 200 pine trees, planted along the road from Great Southern Gate to Buddah’s Hall as a countermeasure against pine wilt disease. As a result of the continuous efforts in applying EM Ceramics Powder to trunks of the trees and spraying Activated EM•1 to the roots and the entire trees, “The tip of the branches grew and new shoots sprouted up in April to May this year with the smell of fresh green plants”, said Mr. Oka. They have a plan to give this tree treatment twice a year on more trees from now on.

There were a lot of dead leaves before EM was applied.

Leaves became greener after 3 months.

The garden of Todaiji Temple has a lot of wild nature deers and therefore, they are also dealing with excreta odors problems.
Staff at Todaiji Temple sprayed Activated EM•1 once a week, from a tank on a pickup truck around the Great Southern Gate where more deer are to be seen than any other areas the deer gather. “You can see an obvious effect in reducing odor in 2 months”, said the staff. The owners of stalls alongside the approach to Buddah’s Hall are pleased with this “good deodorization effect”.

Wild deers around the temple causing foul odors with their droppings

Staff using a handmade sprayer adjusted to a pick-up truck and spray Activated EM•1 at the approach to the temples

Furthermore, Activated EM•1 is applied in many different ways inside the Temple such as septic tank treatment, kitchen waste recycling, and tree planting. EM Ceramics are put at the temizuya (a Shinto water ablution pavilion) of Nigatsu-do.

Healthy pine after treated with EM Technology

Staff spraying Activated EM•1 to keep the gardens greener

In June 2009, an unusually large numbers of fireflies were to be seen at the downstream of Oyuya-Ike. This news delighted those who involved in the “Association of Daibutsu Firefly Preservation”.
They could see that their preservative activity of long standing and EM applications came to fruition.

EM spreads to other shrines and temples
Mr. Goto thinks that this project at Todaiji Temple triggers a movement of environmental purification.
There remains some wild forests co-existing with the city area in Nara City; however, in addition to the fact that the mountains in the area cannot deal with water resource anymore. The damages caused by acid rain, deer, and the poor maintenance accelerated forest devastation. As a result, muddy water flew into ponds and rivers after rainfall and the environmental condition got worse. In addition, the deterioration of water quality at ponds is a problem not only for Todaiji Temple. Mr. Goto is appealing for local authorities and Kasuga-taisha, and other shrines and temples on this issue as a starter of the environmental purification and protection for the whole community.

EM Ceramics is mixed with purification water at Nigatsu-Do.

Responding to the appeal from Todaiji Temple, Jurin-in Temple (the chief priest, Junshin Hashimoto), located in the Gangoji-Temple which is one of the seven great temples in Nara, has already started using EM Technology to clean its ponds.

It has been 17 years since “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” was listed as one of the World Heritage. Next year, 2010, is the 1300th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Heijo-kyo and also the 1250th Anniversary of Empress Komyo who got deeply involved in construction and maintenance of various temples such as Todaiji-Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, etc.
Recreation of the capital city of Nara referred to “City of Flowers” on the surface of ponds with ripples was a dream not only for Nara citizens but also many other people including those engaged in the pond purification project.

Buddha’s Hall, the symbol of Todaiji Temple

Map of the temple and surrounding gardens