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Volunteers back from EM relief mission to Taiwan

By: Kenny Ehman

Date Posted: 1999-10-23

Volunteers from the EM Research Organization (EMRO) visited Taiwan earlier this month for eight days to help residents cope with the unsanitary conditions provoked by the September 21 earthquake. Yoshifumi Yagi, Chief Manager of Dissemination and Public Information Department, and Research Assistant Masahiko Gondo, joined forces with Taiwanese employees of "Yubi Seibutsu Kagi" to distribute EMRO's effective microorganism (EM) product. EM is a combination of natural anabolic microorganisms that have been scientifically proven to greatly enhance the regenerative process of nature, as well as reduce the negative effects stemming from untreated human waste and decomposing matter.

Yagi and his team began their project by preparing 12 tons of EM solution just outside of Taipei in the City of Tao Yuan. The EM liquid was transported by truck, together with two tons of solution that had been already made, to Chushan, a small city located approximately 5 kilometers from the earthquake's epicenter. Chushan's Mayor greeted the volunteers, gave his support and offered full cooperation from his government. The city's fire department then helped to distribute the EM solution throughout neighborhoods and temporary shelters by supplying hoses and other equipment.

"The earthquake caused much damage to the sewage system and broke water pipes. Residents have been forced to use toilets that no longer flush," explained Yagi. "The people who lost their homes from the earthquake are now living in tents. They have nowhere to dispose of food, so there are piles of rotting food next to their living areas. The smell everywhere was very bad. There are possible health problems and the people have become very stressed under these conditions."

The EM solution was sprayed inside toilets, around tent areas, and directly on all decaying matter. "When we sprayed these places, the smell disappeared immediately," said Yagi.

"There were also many chicken farms that collapsed, with many dead chickens left decaying on the spot. We sprayed those areas too The EM solution greatly reduced the number of disease causing bacteria.

The EMRO volunteer team was able to bring much relief to the areas they visited, and there are plans underway for another volunteer trip back to Taiwan. "Everyone was happy," said Gondo about the reaction of the local people. According to Gondo, Taiwanese volunteers are following up with the relief project through training supplied by EMRO.

The group's last trip to Taiwan was not the first of its kind. It has often volunteered to help ease problems on the environment and on humans after natural disasters. During the relief mission that followed the Great Hanshin earthquake, which killed thousands in the area of Kobe, EMRO supplied EM. Volunteers from EMRO have also been to North Korea and to Indonesia.

Effective microorganisms have long been used for their benefit to agricultural production in place of toxic chemical fertilizers. They are completely natural and aid in anti-oxidation; photosynthetic bacteria, yeasts, lactic acid bacteria, and fungi are some of the strains of microorganisms that are present in EM. Here in Japan, the applications of EM has greatly increased due to efforts by Dr. Teruo Higa, a professor and researcher at Ryukyu University, who has been studying EM's medical uses and its other positive affects over the last two decades.

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