Friday, May 22, 2009

Effective Microorganism

Effective microorganisms (EM) technology has now become a major science, assisting in the creation of sustainable practices for agriculture, animal husbandry, nature farming, environmental stewardship, construction, human health and hygiene, industrial, community activities and etc.
The basic concept of EM in Agriculture is that multiple applications of beneficial and effective microorganisms improve the health of soils that produce healthy crops. EM is effective in organic farming as an alternative to chemicals. Its range of applications since 1982, has expanded into livestock and aquaculture as well as into Community Health areas such as waste treatment and other environmental applications.

Today, EM has become very popular and is used in over 100 countries worldwide. Apart from Agriculture, the most often recognised application of EM is composting your household waste. A "brew" of effective microorganisms can be added to your waste material in your composter which works on the waste and breaks it down. The beneficial role of this microbial solution has the ability to break down organic matter, thereby providing plant nutrients and enhancing physical and chemical properties.

The functional food market is growing at a rate of 15-20% per year, with rising consumer interest in health and continued strong growth in the soft drinks market.Yogurt-based, low acid, nutraceutical beverages targeted to adults and elderly person's needs have recently hit the market. They generally contain effective microorganisms as viable probiotic bacteria ABC type cultures and Maca (Lepidium Meyenii or Lepidium Peruvianum) as a supplement. Maca is a natural product very well known for its invigorating properties, promoting mental clarity, treating impotence, menstrual irregularities, and hormonal imbalance. The yogurt based drink formulation generally consist of yogurt, maca, glucose, stabilizer, natural and artificial flavors, and colorants.

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