What exactly is EM®?
EM•1® is a fermented blend of beneficial bacteria and yeast (not the kind that causes yeast infections, which is called Candida albicans), namely Lactic Acid Bacteria, Yeast, and Photosynthetic/Phototrophic Bacteria. The organisms in EM•1® are completely safe for healthy adult animals and humans and is not genetically modified. All but one of the microbes in EM•1® are on the FDA GRAS list.
What can you do with EM•1®?
EM•1® is not a fertilizer. It does not contain a significant amount of any plant nutrients. EM•1® does help increase the efficiency of plant nutrient absorption and fertilizer availability to plants. Combined with applications of organic matter, a reduction in fertilizer/nutrient requirements is often a result of using EM•1®.
Is EM•1® safe to use on organic farms?
EM•1® is OMRI Listed, meaning the product is allowed for certified organic production under the USDA National Organic Program. EM•1® is listed without restrictions which means that it can be used all the way up to harvest and even in washing of fruits and vegetables.
Can I use EM•1® to get rid of smells?
Yes! Any surface that can be cleaned with water can be sprayed or soaked with EM•1® (1:10 dilution, 1 oz/gal for light colored fabrics). May take more than one application - may take a few weeks for total removal. Bokashi can be added to litter boxes or cages to control odors as well.
How much EM•1® should I use for...?
For consumers: 1 ounce of EM•1® per gallon of fresh water.
For Agriculture: 40 gallons per acre in the soil (easiest through an irrigation system) on an annual basis and 1/2-3 gallons per acre as part of a foliar feed program on a weekly basis.
Do I have to activate EM•1® to use it?
No, it is ready to use right out of the bottle. The activation process gives you 22 times more EM•1® than you started with, so it makes it cost less per ounce. ALL applications listed in the "Solutions" section of our website for EM•1® also apply to Activated EM•1®.
Will EM® get rid of pesticides and chemicals in some mulch that I want to compost?
Yes. The microbes in EM® are known to break down petroleum-based products. Almost all pesticides are petroleum-based.
I got my EM•1® shipment and the bottle is swollen!
This is a result of some extra gas building up in the bottle and is perfectly normal. After all, the product is alive. The bacteria are thriving! We advise you to open the bottle slowly and let the gas blow off slowly, much like one would do with a shaken soda bottle.