Effective microorganisms (EM) to boost sustainable agriculture helping to mitigate with climate change

EM suppress plant pathogens and agents of disease, solubilise minerals, increase photosynthetic efficiency, fix biological nitrogen.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Margit Olle

Initiative's representative date of birth

27.05.1971

Initiative's representative gender

  • Woman

Headquarters location: country

  • Estonia

Headquarters location: city

Tartu

Where are you making a difference?

Estonia. While this is a theory and patented product of prof. Teruo Higa from Japan. Used around the globe, while proper methodology needed in northern countries, like Estonia.

Website or social media url(s)

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Date Started

16.04.2012

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working toward the next level of expansion)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • Less than €1k

Organization Type

  • Nonprofit/NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

Margus Ess from Estonia introduced this product to me. I was a bit sceptical in the beginning, while this product showed very good results in greenhouses by growing tomato transplants (variety Valve, problem: elongation), the plants got 25% increased stem diameter and they were about 30% smaller. This was very good, because if plants are smaller, nutrients move faster to the top of the plant, and if plants have larger stem diameter, the plants are able to take up more nutrients at the same time. This was the AHA. While it has to be remembered, that methodology is important and treating temperature also.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

The loss of biodiversity. Common agricultural practices — such as unsustainable monocultures, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and inefficient irrigation — hurt the vital ecosystem services, such as pollination, biological pest control, healthy soils and watersheds, that are essential to sustaining life. EM helps to solve all the problems if used in the right way, right methodology.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Photosynthetic bacteria, the major components of EM, are reported to work synergistically with other microorganisms to provide for the nutritional requirements of plants and to reduce the incidence of disease microorganisms. EM interact with the soil-plant ecosystem to suppress plant pathogens and agents of disease, to solubilise minerals, to conserve energy, to maintain the microbial-ecological balance of the soil, to increase photosynthetic efficiency, and to fix biological nitrogen.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

EM works by getting the natural processes to function, the way nature intended. The important concept in understanding how microbes work, is that they function in teams and rely on each other to be able to perform individually, and therefore effectively as a combination. Healthy soil and clean water are maintained by the diversity and balance of the community of microorganisms within them. In polluted rivers, species that cannot survive in a degraded environment die out and the ecosystem becomes degraded. Conversely, if the diversity of microorganisms is rich, nature’ s self-purifying ability is enhanced and clean water will return. EM restores a healthy balance of microorganisms in the ecosystem, increasing its self-purification ability.

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

This is my dream to fulfill and go on with. I wrote a popular scientific book (selling on www.amazon.com): Olle, M. 2017. The best way to save our planet Earth in EM Technology. USA Amazon Media EU S.a.r.l. 35 pages. I also wrote a scientific book (also on www.amazon.com) Olle, M. (2015). Effective microorganisms influences vegetables and soybeans production. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. 117 p. There are the best results I got using this product. It is hard to go on, because of peoples are not trusting this methodology, while practicing those methodologies could be more powerful than just talks from Gerta Thunberg. It will actually save our planet Earth!

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

It is hard to say. Some peoples have repeated my experiments with EM and tomatoes, and got the same results!!! I have also seen that living power of plants increases using this product. Communities do not believe in purification of rivers, ponds, lakes, water etc. and improving soil structure, while it is obvious. I must talk more and show the practice of it. The best way would be to create a EM farm in Estonia (like in Saraburi Thailand) for European peoples showcase.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

The growth strategies are: 1. build EM farms in every country or at least 5 in every continent. 2. lectures around the world, how to do it. 3. videos in youtube and instagram 4. information in social media 5. information in media (TV, radio, newspaper) 6. practical trainings around the world. 7. methodologies teaching.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

EM works by getting the natural processes to function, the way nature intended. Healthy soil and clean water are maintained by the diversity and balance of the community of microorganisms within them. In polluted rivers, species that cannot survive in a degraded environment die out and the ecosystem becomes degraded. Conversely, if the diversity of microorganisms is rich, nature’ s self-purifying ability is enhanced and clean water will return. The reason that EM can solve the problems it does is that EM restores a healthy balance of microorganisms in the ecosystem, thereby increasing its self-purification ability. We will be able to return to self purification process of the nature globally

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Best is to get Bill and Melinda Gates and other foundations to listen and to understand of the problem seriosity and to agree them to fund the activities.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

I am behind my story in my team. I plan to hire more presons working together with me if funds will be available.

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • I was invited by e-mail to insert my application

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