EM in Practice
This practical book describes what EM is and how to apply it. EM is used by millions of people all over the world in countless ways. It originated in Japan, where the agronomist Professor Teruo Higa created the unimaginable combination of microorganisms. Franz-Peter Mau of the German EM Association clearly lists the fantastic application possibilities.
EM is the abbreviation for Effective Micro-organisms. EM is a special combination of naturally occurring microorganisms. This unmanipulated mixture has unprecedented useful properties and the application possibilities are almost unlimited. EM is good for people, animals and soil. EM makes the soil more fertile, whether it is a field, a garden, or a planter in the house. EM can be used in the household as a cleaning agent, to combat unpleasant odours, to make excellent manure from kitchen waste, to improve water, etc. In the form of EM-X, it is a powerful source of antioxidants that promote resistance when taken. Environmental pollution can also be combated with EM.
Secrets of fertile soil
This exciting written learning and reading book provides an almost comprehensive and practical view of the extremely important cycle; soil – plant – animal – manure. The reader participates in the fascinating, mysterious life of our still healthy soil. Not only air and water are threatened, but also our soils. In many places, our partially leached agricultural soils lack important mineral substances for the survival of plants, animals and humans. This lack of mineral substances, the creeping poisoning of soil and groundwater, as well as the widespread lack of hummus, are now demonstrably also having an effect on human health, which has to feed itself with products from such soils.
The writer provides advice here. His recipe, which he has copied from nature for more than sixty years, seems at first sight almost simple; to keep the soil constantly fertile. But this includes the ancient knowledge of our ancestors, who practised agriculture and horticulture and managed to maintain humus in the right way. For the survival of mankind, the writer has kept this indispensable basic knowledge of our ancestors up to date in numerous lectures at home and abroad. For the first time in this book, he presents this knowledge to a wider audience.
Erhard Henning has worked for more than sixty years as an agricultural engineer, practician, educator, writer and journalist for agriculture and horticulture and as a lecturer and makes very concrete proposals for the conservation of the soil as living organisms. He is one of the pioneers of ‘natural agriculture and horticulture’.
Gaia. The healing of the earth
Scientist James Lovelock researches our Earth as a middle-aged planet in Gaia, the healing of the Earth. And just like any other organism of that age, Gaia has sometimes been hit hard. So far she has always recovered from it. But how long can Gaia handle the devastating effects of overpopulation? What is her prognosis? Will she survive it? Will humanity survive it?
In this issue, James Lovelock again formulates his Gaia theory – the idea of the Earth as a living being – which he has developed before. He presents new evidence from his own research and that of other colleagues, which supports his original work. The challenges Gaia faces are explored with the same originality, intellectual power and scientific rigour that James Lovelock has so far received so much praise for. Impressive illustrations create an image that leaves nothing to be desired in terms of clarity about Gaia’s anatomy, physiology and the diseases that threaten her. This book is a must for anyone who cares about the welfare of the Earth and life on it. In the scientific world, it has received widespread recognition and it is compulsory literature for environmental students.
Sepp Holzer, a farmer from Austria, took over the business from his parents in 1962 and developed it into a successful sustainable farm. He began to manage his farm in harmony with nature. In his experience, only this approach leads to a healthy plant and animal world. Where his neighbours did not keep their heads above water, Holzer created a true paradise. Now everyone wants to know ‘how he does it’. He answers the most common questions in this book.
Many of his tips are directly applicable, also in our flat land, even in a small garden. He discusses, among other things: 1. Landscape architecture (ecological balance, design ideas, raised beds, water gardens). 2. Agricultural methods (principles, soil fertility, problem plants, old plant varieties, polycultures, pigs as employees). 3. Fruit landscapes (construction and maintenance, eating, (old) fruit species, grafting). 4. Growing mushrooms on wood and straw in the garden or on the balcony. 5. Gardens (vegetable gardens, pharmacy, fertilization, snails, worms, city gardens, plant list).
Here, Sepp Holzer brings together valuable knowledge of lifelong observation and experimentation. Those who read it will be eager to get to work themselves.
Life in the Soil
This thought-provoking film “Life in the Soil” shows that a healthy soil is a very complex living organism. In beautiful natural colours, the soil life is filmed under an electron microscope. The message of the film is clear: to understand the importance of sustainable agriculture; one must fully understand the essence of soil life. Soil is a living fragile organism that needs to be protected and nourished to ensure sustainable productivity and stability. This fascinating film can be shown in all graduations from agricultural schools and universities. The film covers various topics, such as preliminary soil science, soil microbiology, sustainable agriculture, agricultural ecology and environmental science. However, this film is also suitable for a wider audience outside the classrooms and lecture halls.