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"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)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Indonesia coffee export plunges to lowest point

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta 

Indonesian coffee exports have declined steadily over the past five years and are expected to reach their lowest point this year, according to the Association of Indonesian Coffee Exporters (AEKI). 

Rachim Kartabrata, an executive at AEKI, said in a recent interview that coffee exports this year were estimated to drop to 134,481 tons compared with last year's 258,849 tons, worth US$266.5 million. 

He said that the primary factors contributing to the above problem included harvest failure, low productivity and a poor-quality product. 

Rachim explained that the El Nio and La Nia weather disturb ances that occurred in 1997 and 1998 had caused the coffee har vest to fail. 

The country's coffee production fell to 335,400 tons in 1999 from 344,400 tons in 1998 and 391,800 tons in 1997. 

The drop in production turned Indonesia into the world's fifth-largest coffee producer, supplying only around 4.17 percent of world demand. In 1993, Indonesia was the world's largest producer, with a total output of 427,800 tons. 

Rachim said that low productivity and poor quality products were making it hard for Indonesian coffee to compete with Viet nam, the world's second-largest producer after Brazil. Both Vietnam and Indonesia produce the same type of coffee: Robusta. 

Right now, Indonesia had approximately 850,000 hectares of productive coffee plantations with a productivity rate of less than one ton per hectare, while in Vietnam, the productivity rate was around two to three tons per hectare, he explained. 

Indonesia's traditional coffee market overseas includes the U.S., Japan and Europe. 

Analysts said earlier that the poor quality of Indonesian coffee beans was linked to the current plunge in the price of the commodity on the international market due to an oversupply prob lem. The poor price has discouraged farmers from taking proper care of their crops. Some had even started to turn to other crops. 

Coffee is the world's second-most widely traded commodity after oil, and provides jobs for millions of people in some of the world's poorest countries. 

In an effort to increase the coffee price, AEKI and the Viet nam Coffee and Cocoa Association (VICOFA) signed a memorandum of understanding in June 2003 to cut coffee production by up to 50 percent. 

The move has shown some positive signs as robusta coffee started to rise to $700 per ton from $550 per ton earlier in the year.

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