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Amazing New Plant Technology From Okinawa

By: Angelina Esparza

Date Posted: 2000-07-01

Effective microorganisms referred to as EM, is arguably Okinawa’s most significant discovery in horticulture chemistry. Described as liquid matter composed of selected species of microorganisms, the EM is a solution with impressive agricultural, environmental and medical applications. EM is used in farming to enrich soil, enhance plant growth and take the place of pesticides, toxic chemicals and artificial fertilizers. This miracle solution is also a front-runner in recent save the planet technology, with its significant role in decomposition during the recycling process and the water purification process.

EM has also been used in countless numbers of food products because of its benefits in food preservation, as well as its effects on cleaning and immunizing the human body. It goes without saying that the usage and benefits of this all-purpose solution are vast and groundbreaking. The Flower Station, located in Enobi,Gushikawa, has opened to the public, this April, as a unit of an EM corporation called the Tropical Plants Resources Research Institute (T.P.R.).

This state-of-the-art complex sits over 8000 tsubos of land and produces 50 million orchid bulbs in controlled greenhouse structures. Though originally a summer blossom, orchids are in bloom year-round at the center due to the sophisticated equipment and horticulture technique. Many new species of orchids are created at an on-site laboratory through cross-pollination experiments. Among them, the gemini-orchid has received a popular response from customers because of its miniaturized features. Orchid species unique to the center, as well as the common orchids, are sold at low costs and showcases a high quality blossom resulting from EM technology.

Where did this brilliant technology originate? The Professor of Horticulture at Ryukyu University, Teruo Higa discovered the concept when he found a flourishing patch of grass where he disposed of a mixture of microorganisms. He learned that a selected combination of microorganisms would work together to generate beneficial processes like fermentation and oxidation neutralizers. He introduced EM as a soil conditioner in 1982, but the EM market quickly expanded along with the research. Mr.Higa single-handedly opened a new frontier in science that would confront and eventually help improve many of Earth’s serious pollution problems. Currently the technology has spread to over 90 countries. Most countries such as Korea, Thailand and Bhutan have introduced EM use into the agricultural economy, boosting production time, improving the health and safety of field workers and now distributing a refined line of crops. In the U.S. and countries in Europe, EM is being used in water purification and recycling. EM Technologies Inc. has set up a technical training center, in Arizona, to prepare workers for various EM projects. These are coordinated with universities, non-government organizations and farmers in the United States.

The Flower Station has been designed to welcome local citizens to sit and lounge next to beautiful orchids and water displays, as well as to observe the plantations of orchids, in every phase of growth and preparation, by walking through the pathways between each greenhouse structure. Although a buffet-style dining area will not be opened till July, a bakery stand is available with a variety of breads and milks that have all been prepared with the help of EM. EM products, including the popular EM Drink is also being sold along with EM gardening solutions. So whether you are curious about the secrets behind EM magic, or just plain nuts about orchids, the Flower Station is a great stop. Science and horticulture buffs shouldn’t miss the EM Festa scheduled for November.

The convention will hold various seminars and introduce interesting product lines for you to better understand and in turn, better accept EM technology. The center is open year-round from 9am to 5:30pm. Though there is currently no fee for individual visitors, there is a small fee for tour groups. For more information on locations, admission and special events call (098) 982-4187.

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