EM to help Clean-up City of Christchurch After Earthquake

Top Quote NatureFarm NZ, manufacturer of Effective microorganisms (EM), is supplying its organic microbial product to support the ongoing clean up of the disaster struck city. One of EM's many functions includes odour control and waste management. Through this it will aid in restoring polluted water and waterways. In addition it was shown to be extremely effective at reducing odours, composting food waste and other waste quickly. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 06, 2011 - On top of using EM as part of the city wide clean up, Naturefarm, also based in Christchurch, is offering Canterbury households its Bio-friend product free of charge. Completely natural, Bio-friend was developed for use in controlling odours in household wheelie bins. This versatile ready to use spray pack can be used for odour control around the home, garden or even on make shift toilets so many people are being forced to endure through this tragedy.

    Mike Daly, Managing Director of NatureFarm commented "This is a tragic time for Canterbury and New Zealanders alike. My hope, along with a swift rebuild of this wonderful city, is for EM to help reduce waste and odour to make Christchurch more liveable for its citizens. By offering Bio-friend to households we may also be able to improve the day-to-day quality of living for some of the hardest hit Cantabrians".

    More about EM
    EM is an amazing technology developed by Dr Teruo Higa from Japan in the 1980's. This technology has gained rapid recognition and use around the globe and is now used in more than 140 Countries around the world and manufactured in more than 60 countries worldwide.

    EM can significantly enhance the beneficial effects of good soil and crop management practices such as crop rotations, use of organic amendments, conservation tillage, crop residue recycling, and bio-control of pests. EM will help the decomposition process of organic materials, and during fermentation will produce normally unavailable organic acids, such as lactic acid, acetic acid, amino acid, malic acid and bioactive substances and vitamins. A key ingredient in this process is organic matter which is supplied by recycling crop residues, green manures and animal manure. In addition this process leads to increased humus in the soil. Lactic acid bacteria which are a major ingredient in EM will suppress pathogenic microbes both directly, and indirectly, through the production of actinomycetes.

    The application and use of EM technology in NZ is wide and varied:
    From crops like peas, wheat, linseed to onions, potatoes, carrots and beans.
    From sheep, cows and deer, to pigs and chickens
    From wine grapes and olives to saffron and lavender
    From controlling odours at commercial and large municipal composting sites to controlling odours and improving water quality at vineyards treating their own wastewater
    In addition, Bokashi is made using EM and this has special applications such as:
    Recycling food waste in restaurants and schools back to gardens
    Recycling household food waste to larger office blocks and Universities collecting Lunchtime food waste.
    Use in small composting toilets in holiday homes to large composting toilets in mountain chalets for trampers and mountaineers.

    Whilst initially the use of EM was confined to Agriculture, in recent times the growth sector has been vineyards and waste management.

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