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)

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Minister gets eyes opened in China

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The agriculture minister has returned from China repeating the old adage: Give a man a bowl of rice and he will eat today, teach him to grow rice properly and he will feed generations.

Minister Anton Apriyantono said Tuesday that China's two-prong technology and policy approach to maintaining domestic rice stocks had inspired him to intensively expand information sharing between researchers, seed producers and farmers in Indonesia, and to introduce new policies to ensure a balance between domestic rice stocks and demand in order to stabilize prices.

"When we asked whether they could help provide us with rice should something happen in Indonesia, they said they could do a little for us. They only produce just the amount of rice they need. And in doing so, they have achieved enough rice stocks of 10 years," said Anton.

Instead of promising rice assistance, Chinese officials accompanied Anton on a tour of rice production centers in various parts of that country between June 6 and 11.

During the trip, Anton observed China's hybrid-seed development program. He said he was really impressed that China could now produce between 12 and 13 tons of rice per hectare.

"The government of China encourages hybrid-seed development with research and financial support. It is interesting to see that a research agency there can disseminate its research findings directly to farmers and world agencies, thus allowing China to respond quickly to ever-changing needs," said Anton.

Anton said that his ministry would enhance domestic research into hybrid seeds. He acknowledged that in Indonesia there were not enough links between researchers and the end-users of their research findings.

"You may be surprised to hear that some domestic seed companies have been exporting seeds to various countries, while our farmers have been importing the same kinds of seeds. We are strangers to each other," said Anton.

Anton said that Prima Tani, an information-sharing program intended to familiarize farmers with the various kinds of seeds produced domestically, would be expanded.

Thus far, the government has introduced the program into 200 rural districts in order to establish better communications and interaction between researchers, seed producers and farmers.

"Next year, we will expand this program to ten thousand rural districts so that technological innovations can reach the farmers through facilitators," he said.

Anton explained that the Agriculture Ministry also planned to encourage the private sector to conduct more research into rice seeds.

He said that the ministry would issue a special permit for the importation of seeds into Indonesia for research purposes. "After the two-year period, they should be able to produce their own seeds -- ones that are suitable for domestic use. This is meant to build up our own resources, so that we are not dependent on imports," he said.

Anton said that he expected this application of a technology-policy approach would enable Indonesia to improve its rice research and production record.

Achmad Suryana, the director of the Agriculture Ministry's Research Agency, said that in the past few decades Indonesia had introduced 31 varieties of hybrid seed, with six of them launched by the Sukamandi research and development agency.

Four of those six varieties had been developed in collaboration with PT Dupont and PT Sumber Alam Sutera, which also works together with the Chinese government, and two other domestic companies. The other two varieties were developed in cooperation with the Central Java administration.

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