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, November 8, 2008

RI, Malaysia cut CPO production

Mustaqim Adamrah, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 11/08/2008 11:53 AM

Indonesian and Malaysia, which produce some 85 percent of the world's crude palm oil (CPO), will cut production in the short-term to help limit supply and prevent further falls in prices.

The production cut will be made starting next year through a replanting program covering a total of 300,000 hectares of oil palm trees from both countries, Agriculture Ministry's director general for plantations, Achmad Mangga Barani, said Friday.

The replanting means felling still-productive but old trees to be replaced later by new seedlings. The program will then freeze production in replanted areas until the new trees start producing crude palm oil in the fourth year.

Achmad said the agreement between the two nations has been signed by Minister Anton Apriyantono and Malaysian counterpart Peter Chin, with the aim of anticipating oversupply amid falling demand.

"Demand is projected to slow down in every sector next year as a result of global recession. We're preventing a possible oversupply of palm oil that may occur next year by replanting trees," he said.

"This hopefully will help boost the palm oil price to a normal level -- at around US$700 to $800 per metric ton," he added.

Palm oil prices in Malaysia touched a three-year low of 1,331 ringgit (around $376) a ton on Oct. 28, Bloomberg reported.

The two countries together produce around 85 percent of the world's CPO and account for 88 percent of global CPO exports.

Indonesia alone produces 18.5 million tons of CPO per annum on a total of over 6 million hectares of plantations, according to Indonesian Oil Palm Association (Gapki) chairman Akmaluddin Hasibuan.

This agreement, is the country's second move to anticipate oversupply of a commodity next year, after Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand jointly agreed last Wednesday to cut rubber production by 210,000 tons next year, also by felling trees.

The three counties make up 70 percent of global rubber output.

On the CPO, according to Achmad, Indonesia will replant 50,000 hectares of oil palm trees owned by local farmers and Malaysia 250,000 hectares.

"Indonesian farmers will receive interest subsidies if they want to replant their trees," he said.

He said Indonesia and Malaysia expected to cut palm oil output by 75,000 tons and around 500,000 to 600,000 tons, respectively, next year.

Over a longer period until 2011, Achmad said, the country planned to replant a total of 125,000 hectares of oil palm trees.

He emphasized that the government's replanting program was a short-term solution because "CPO demand will be high in the next few years as European Union countries mandate the use of 20-percent CPO in fuel and our country mandates 10 percent".

Akmaluddin of Gaoki said he was encouraged by the move, but warned that replanting was "costly", saying that replanting oil palm trees needed around Rp 25 million ($2,253) to Rp 27 million per hectare.

"The liquidity in banks is drying up now. Replanting may not be a problem for big companies, but it may be for local farmers. There should be an agreement between local farmers and the government to make it easier for them to get loans."

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