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)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Organic farmers, consumers discuss tactics

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 01/21/2009 1:36 PM

Several farmers in Cijulang village, in the valley of Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java, have started a new, environmentally friendly routine recently.

Harvest time: Organic food enthusiasts enjoy a free vegetable picking tour at an organic farm in the Cijulang village of Bogor, West Java. (JP/Faisal Maliki Baskoro)

They wake up early every morning to tend to their farms, inspecting their crops one by one.

For fertilizer they use goat’s manure from nearby goat barns, for pesticides they pour ash and spray liquid coconut husks. “It’s hard being an organic farmer, especially when you are not allowed to use any artificial chemicals,” Kang Marin said.

“I did not know anything about organic farming before the guys from Elsppat [an NGO concerned with organic farming] introduced me to organic farming back in 2000,” Marin said.

Marin’s fellow farmer, Ki Tarma, concurred. His first trial with organic techniques was a self admitted big flop.

“Pests destroyed my plants and I could not save them immediately with artificial pesticide. As a result, I harvested nothing,” Tarma sighed.

He explained that it took some time to switch from conventional farming techniques, using artificial fertilizers and pesticides, to organic farming, relying on natural substances.

“Organic farmers must be more industrious than conventional ones, the success of their crops depends on their hard work every day,” Kang Yayan, Tarma’s friend, said.

Wawan, an activist with ELSPpat, said that nature is what organic farming is all about.

“Organic farmers must take into account the condition of the earth, the supply of water, the weather, possible pest attacks and many other things to ensure their crops succeed,” he said.

“So dependent is organic farming on nature that we can not dictate the supply of crops in accordance with the demand. Sometimes, the supply exceeds the demand, sometimes it is below the demand. That’s common in the organic farming business,” he added.

Such an unpredictable business is no win-win situation for farmers and customers.

“That’s why we introduced a contract system between farmers and customers. Organic farmers can grow vegetables or fruits according to suitable weather conditions, while customers are ready to buy the yields,” coordinator of the NGO’s rural economic development division, Gandi, said.

“Of course, the contract will limit customers’ freedom to choose what vegetables or fruits they want,” Gandi admitted.

However, he said that he believed that customers would understand the issue if they understand the nature of organic farming.

As part of efforts to boost mutual understanding between farmers and customers, the NGO organized a gathering recently where customers had the rare chance to talk to farmers and see how they work.

“I realized that it is nature that limits our choice, not the farmers,” Bibong Widyarti, a consumer of organic food since 1995, said during the gathering.

She said that the reasons behind choosing organic food included environmental preservation and empowering local farmers who treat nature with respect.

“Such a system sustains the life of both farmers and nature,” she added.

“You can help local farmers by buying their crops directly from their farms or traditional markets, instead of buying the crops from modern supermarkets,” she said.

Rila, another participant at the event, said that most organic food is more expensive than its conventional counterpart.

“Rice is usually priced at Rp 6,000 a kilogram. The price of organic rice can be twice as high, even four times as high at supermarkets.”

She called on the government to help promote the consumption of organic food so that more conventional farmers would switch to organic farming and therefore the price of organic food would become more competitive.

“The added value of having organic food is not just preserving the environment and health, but also catering to the livelihood of the local farmers and bringing all the noble values to our tables,” she added. (fmb)

How to recognize organic vegetables:

  1. Punctured leaves and long roots originally indicated a vegetable was organic, but now, top quality organic vegetables can have fine leafs and short roots as well.
  2. Know when certain vegetables or fruits are in season. If you find an organic vegetable out of season, it may be an imported organic vegetable or not organic at all.
  3. Some organic vegetables already have a certified organic label.
  4. Organic vegetables have a crunchier and sweeter taste than conventional vegetables
  5. Organic vegetables have a brighter color and stronger scent.

Source: Bibong Widyarti

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