Fermentation process

Function and effect of effective microorganisms

⌈Microorganisms⌉: Microscopically small and very beneficial creatures that make up 70 % of all living matter.

Effective Microorganisms (EM) are a liquid mixed culture made of lactic acid bacteria, photosynthesis bacteria and yeast. They are the basis for all EM-products, which are created by fermentation. During fermentation, organic substances (such as herbs, sugar cane molasses etc.) are converted by enzymes or microorganisms. The addition of microorganisms enables substances to be created that would be very difficult or even impossible to produce chemically.

To create EM-products, special microorganisms are cultivated using sugar cane molasses in a multi-stage process. During this fermentation process, sugar cane molasses is broken down and Effective Microorganisms multiply. The special composition of EM makes the end product exceptionally valuable and rich in  extremely antioxidant, life-supporting substances (enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, bioactive substances etc.)

The best example of fermentation is the production of sauerkraut. During this process, nutrition that is rich in vitamin C is produced from raw cabbage which is low in vitamin C. This is induced by the fermentative bacteria, especially lactic acid cultures in this case.

Products containing Effective Microorganisms

  • positively influence and regenerate the microbial environment (soil, plants, skin, household surfaces etc.).
  • are „living“ and continue working in every environment where they are used. The regenerative microorganisms become dominant and pathogenic
    bacteria are eliminated.
  • are used wherever bacteria live: in the soil and on plants (gardening and agriculture), in animal husbandry, on the skin (cosmetics), in ponds and
    pools or in cleaning.
  • accelerate the transformation of organic materials and prevent decomposition.

The anti-oxidisation principle

The antioxidants in Effective Microorganisms are able to neutralise free radicals and promote a regenerative environment.

Oxidisation: is the bonding of substances with oxygen (e.g.: Iron + oxygen = rust; cut apple + oxygen = brown cut surface). Increased free radicals, which are damaging to the environment, may be produced during oxidisation.

Anti-oxidisation: stops substances bonding with oxygen or reverses this process (e.g.: rusting is prevented or reversed, the cut surface of the apple stays light for longer).

Effective Microorganisms produce large quantities of antioxidants. These primarily consist of: polysaccharides, chelated minerals with catalytic activity as well as limited quantities of vitamins C and E and micro-nutrients.

The dominance principle of Effective Microorganisms

There are three general types of microorganisms:

  • decomposing/degenerative/decay-forming microorganisms
  • neutral – opportunistic – microorganisms
  • constructive regenerative/fermentative microorganisms

Effective Microorganisms can be classified as the regenerative type. They can directly and indirectly prevent decomposition in all substances and thus keep living organisms and the environment healthy.

The degenerative type of micro-organisms behave in exactly the opposite way to the regenerative ones. The neutral micro-organisms form the biggest group and adhere to the so-called dominance principle of any group that is dominant in a system. Thus, if we can create an environment in which the regenerative micro-organisms are prevalent, these neutral micro-organisms follow the construction process. Therefore using EM Effective Microorganisms opens up completely new
dimensions in many areas of life.

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