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We would like to share some valuable data from our Technical Director, Grant Morgan, explaining the reason why we don’t sell our Mother Culture to our public. 

For those that have been exposed to the wonder of Efficient Microbes Probiotic Technology and have seen the results, there is no need to convince you of the benefits. There are those, however, that have not used the products and when first encountering Efficient Microbes, the conflicting data available on the internet can be somewhat daunting. So why is this?

The answer is actually quite simple. Firstly, the technology known as effective microorganisms was developed initially in Japan and spread mainly through word-of-mouth. In the early days, little formal information existed. In addition, the Japanese language is notoriously difficult to translate, opening the door to misunderstanding and misinterpretation. 

The second primary issue relates to “extension”, or what is generally referred to as “activation”. The Mother Culture  is capable of being extended or activated via a fermentation process up to 25 times its original volume. This is typically done using the Mother Culture, molasses and water in a 1:1:20 ratio. Bearing in mind that the use of effective microorganisms was primarily agriculture in its development phase and that the average farm in Japan is around 8 – 10 hectares, this was simple enough and worked, provided the conditions for optimum fermentation where adhered to.

The problem is that the ideal growth temperature for the microbes is around that of the human body, or 37.4 degrees centigrade. So if fairly strict temperature controls are not maintained during fermentation, one can end up with something that is microbial in nature but is definitely not effective microorganisms. In addition, abuse of the base formula of 1:1:20 has become wide-spread in order to increase profits, to the point where the “accepted” formula in South Africa is often 1 part mother culture: 7 parts molasses: 93 parts water. You don’t need to be an engineer to understand that expecting the same result while using only 1/5th of the active ingredient is unrealistic at best and will almost certainly lead to inconsistent results.

So the key point is that in order to produce consistent, high quality effective microorganisms, very strict quality control measures have to be maintained. 

In addition to the above, Efficient Microbes’ international partners have, through years of research, developed the formulations to the degree that activated effective microorganisms products, produced using standardized protocols, has a shelf-life of at least 2 years – far above anything that has been produced anywhere else in the past. It’s like comparing a model T Ford to a late model Porsche. Which would you rather drive?

Grant Morgan
Technical Director – Efficient Microbes

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