Since the beginning of Dr. Teruo Higa’s life, agriculture and science have been major influences in all of his life choices. From a very young age, he decided that he would become a trailblazer in the agricultural field. He graduated from the Agricultural Department of Ryukyus University where he also completed his doctorate in Agricultural Research. In 1970 he was invited to become an instructor at Ryukyus University and 10 years after that, he became professor of the university.
Dr. Higa is best known for his discovery of EM Technology or Effective Microorganisms. However, this incredible discovery occurred by accident. In the 1960’s, microorganisms were constantly being being studied, all across the globe, for many different applications. One day, Dr. Higa was working in the lab and accidentally spilled microorganisms near some shrubs. A few days later, he noticed that those shrubs had grown extremely well. Dr. Higa grew up farming and knew that farmers often only had the choice of expensive chemical pesticides and treatments for their crops. He decided to find a natural method through the use of beneficial microorganisms that would help relieve the farmers of their chemical dependencies.