Professor Teruo Higa was born December 28, 1941 in Okinawa Japan. Since his infancy the influence of agriculture was a part of his life and thought process and from a very young age he decided that he would become an agricultural leader and follow in the footsteps of traditional agriculturalists. Following his convictions, he graduated from the Agricultural Department of Ryukus University where he also completed his doctorate in Agricultural Research.
In 1970 he was invited to be an instructor at Ryukus University. In 1972, he was named assistant professor and ten years after, in 1982, he became professor of the university.
At the beginning of the eighties, while he labored as a professor and researcher, by accident the discovery of the EM Technology™ became apparent. This occurred when Professor Higa was investigating with microorganisms and by pure coincidence he encountered a marvelous occurrence. One day while working he spilled some microorganisms near a few shrubs and some days after he noted that the plants were growing abundantly well. With this he continued his studies to find out what was the best combination of beneficial microorganism until EM™ was formally introduce as a soil conditioner.
In 2007, he was recognized as Honorary Professor at Ryukus University and as Professor at Meio University in Okinawa Japan. In this same year, Dr Higa took up the position as president of the ‘International Institute of EM Technology™’.
It is important to reiterate that Professor Higa is the discoverer and intellectual developer of EM Technology, which have been utilized in an extended array of fields that included agriculture, livestock, the environment, construction, industry and health. Until today, the EM Technology have been introduced in more than 120 countries worldwide. The abbreviation “EM™” that refers to “Effective Microorganisms™” have been included as the “last word” in the Japanese Contemporary Encyclopedia published in January 1997.
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"A sustainable society based on co-existence and co-prosperity, quality information, security, convenience, low cost and high quality." (Dr. Teruo Higa)