Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Friday, January 19, 2007

Nestlé to scrutinize Indonesia coffee amid wildlife-endangerment fears

By Claire Leow, Bloomberg News

Published: January 19, 2007

JAKARTA: Nestlé, the food and beverage giant that is under pressure from environmental activists, said that it would increase the scrutiny of its coffee purchases in Indonesia to ensure that it did not buy beans grown illegally in a national park on Sumatra.

Farmers in the Bukit Barisan Selatan reserve, a protected area of the island, are planting coffee and endangering wildlife and forests, the World Wildlife Fund, or WWF, said in a report released Wednesday. Illegal beans are mixed with legitimate coffee and sold overseas, including to Nestlé, the world's largest food company, the WWF said.

"Nestlé never willingly purchases coffee from dubious sources," the company, based in Vevey, Switzerland, said in a statement. It said that it was talking to the WWF "on how to avoid purchases of illegally grown coffee, boost production of sustainably grown coffee and restore the wildlife habitat of the park."

Indonesia, one of the world's largest coffee producers and exporters, harvests about 500,000 tons of beans a year, selling about 65 percent of it overseas. The reserve is home to some of the world's rarest creatures, including Sumatran tigers and rhinos.

About half of the beans from the Southeast Asian nation are exported through Lampung port in southern Sumatra, which is next to the national park. Local farmers are using 45,000 hectares, or 111,195 acres, of reserve land to grow more than 19,600 tons of coffee a year, the WWF report said.

Nestlé "realized the gravity of the problem," Nazir Foead, the WWF director for the Indonesian policy and corporate engagement, said, adding that the company should monitor their supplies and not buy illegal coffee.

Exporters should "give assistance to the farmers, and buy from them if they no longer planted inside the park," said Foead, who co-wrote the WWF report.

The Nestlé bean buyers often find it "difficult to determine the precise origin of a coffee bag which has passed through different hands," the report said.

The company buys at least 11,500 tons of beans from the Lampung area each year to make instant coffee, according to Nestlé Indonesia.

Olam International, a food-supplier based in Singapore that exported 13,000 tons of coffee from Lampung between July and December 2006, said it agreed to proposals from the WWF last July to help solve the problems.

"We will preserve the chain of custody, which is to certify that the coffee we buy is from sustainable sources," Vasanth Subramanian, a member of the Olam corporate social responsibility committee, said by phone. "We will relocate the producers from the park to buffer zones outside the park."

The WWF said that there were about 15,000 farmers working illegally inside the park who had removed about 20 percent of its forest cover.

Most coffee from south Sumatra is of the robusta variety. Its price rose 28 percent in the past six months to $1,580 a ton in London.

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