Two months ago, when I was in Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona I discovered the power of the Effective Microoganisms.
Effective Microorganisms (EM) are mixed cultures of beneficial naturally-occurring organisms that can be applied as inoculants to increase the microbial diversity of soil ecosystem. They consist mainly of the photosynthesizing bacteria, lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, actinomycetes and fermenting fungi. These microorganisms are physiologically compatible with one another and can coexist in liquid culture. There is evidence that EM inoculation to the soil can improve the quality of soil, plant growth and yield (Kengo and Hui-lian, 2000).
Prior to the industrial revolution humans would get all the natural bacteria they need from the vegetables that they ate. Today, chemical farming and the use of pesticides have depleted the bacteria from the soils to a huge extent, limiting the bacteria we get through our foods. Without these bacteria, the body cannot function optimally, disease resistance is lowered and one cannot correctly use the nutrition from food. To make matters worse, use of antibiotics can virtually eradicate the good bacteria in your gut.
Also, modern diets (which are usually low in fibre, nutrient-poor and/or toxin-rich), antibiotic use (both internally and topically), and the rise in C-section births have all unfortunately had a deleterious effect on our gut flora, significantly reducing the number of friendly bacterial species inside of us. In fact, research on hunter-gatherers around the world indicate that they have up to 50% more bacterial species and twice as many bacterial genes than we do. This means that in modern humans the vital biological processes mentioned above are not as efficient or effective, making our health more fragile.
Now there is now an effective solution. Professor Teruo Higa in Japan has developed a very specific fermentation process that produces a perfect balance of approximately 80 different strains of specific aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. These include lactic acid bacteria, yeast and photosynthetic bacteria and other accompanying species. (Even though the product contains yeast, it can actually be used to recover from yeast infections because the lactobacillus feed off the candida, producing peroxide in the process which further kills pathogens.)This specific microbe combination, which Professor Higa calls effective microorganisms, are supremely effective at promoting richer and healthier bacterial colonies, inhibiting pathogenic ones, and even pursuading neutral bacteria to act in healthy ways! They are able to do all this by introducing health-promoting genetic information into our gut flora systems, taking advantage of the rapid twenty minute generational cycle of bacteria. In this way, our gut flora is fundamentally changed for the better at the genetic level.
So, using the Effective Microorganisms also for sprouting can increase the power of the sprouts, one of nature's most nutritious foods, full of energy and nutrition.
The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona is producing sprouts using Effective Microorganisms.They use the following methods for producing wheat grass, buckwheat lettuce and sunflower sprouts:
1st soak: 20 minutes in a weak hydrogen peroxide solution (1-2 tbsp. 2% hydrogen peroxide per 2 quarts of water and seeds. This is to clean the seeds thoroughly of any surface dirt, dust and spores that might contaminate the sprouting seeds.
2nd soak: 20 minutes in a 1:100 dilution of EM-1® in water. This helps provide a probiotic environment for the sprouting seeds to ward off re-contamination by spores.
3rd soak: 8-10 hrs., or overnight in pure, clean water. We recommend using EM-X® Ceramics to help structure the soaking water for optimum results.
May everyone be blessed!
Courtesy: Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center - Patagonia, Arizona and permaculturenews.org and huffingtonpost.com