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)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Economic crisis helps boost growth in Indonesia's organic fertilizer sector

Benget Besalicto Tnb., The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 03/02/2009 2:12 PM

The economic crisis appears to be boosting investment and interest in the organic fertilizer industry, despite chemical fertilizers having dominated the agriculture sector for decades.

The cost of farming with chemical fertilizer is on average twice as expensive as the use of organic products, while production levels remain the same, if not a fraction higher in the organic sector.

Recently, farmers in Purwakarta, West Java, said farming rice with non-organic fertilizers cost more than Rp 2 million per hectare but productions cost were halved with the use of an organic product.

They also claimed the selling price for organic produce ranged from Rp 7,000 to Rp 10,000 per kilogram, much higher than the non-organic Rp 4,900 to Rp 5,800 per kg.

Organic food is normally sold at a higher price at markets, providing farmers with extra profit.

But so far in Indonesia, the production of organic fertilizer has been very limited, defying the global trend.

Internationally, both farmers and the public have become increasingly aware of the danger chemical fertilizers pose to the environment, and the health benefits of consuming organic agricultural products.

According to data from the Indonesia Organic Alliance (IOA), organic agricultural products have increased on average by 20 percent per year in global markets.

In Asia, the demand for organic food comes mainly from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

During recent discussions with the government, the House of Representatives called on the government to intensify its promotion of investment in the organic fertilizer sector.

"Rather than producing chemical fertilizers, or importing it from abroad, the government should produce organic fertilizers," Afrizal from the Commission VI told a recent hearing with PT Pupuk Sriwijaya, PT Petrokimia Gresik, PT Pupuk Kujang, PT Pupuk Kaltim, and PT Pupuk Iskandar Muda, the countries top five fertilizer producers.

In response, Minister of Industry Fahmi Idris said the government was increasing the production of organic fertilizer.

"We have a national program to push for greater production of organic fertilizers," he said. "They *organic fertilizers* will help preserve our environment."

The Minister of Agriculture, Anton Apriyantono, has also expressed support for increasing investment in the sector.

Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in 2000, Indonesia has a total 75.5 million hectares of available land for agriculture.

Of that land, 25.7 million hectares has been used as agricultural land (irrigated ricefields, farmlands and plantations) farmed with chemical fertilizers. Only around 1 percent is used for organic farming.

It is expected Indonesia will use around six million tons of chemical fertilizers this year, despite production levels from the five state-owned fertilizer firms only being capable of reaching a maximum 5.5 million tons.

Indonesian farmers have been encouraged to mix their use of chemical fertilizers with organic varieties.

In Merauke, Papua, for example, the local government has asked farmers to use organic fertilizers as a way of minimizing farming costs.

"It's not feasible for farmers to continue relying on chemical fertilizers, with costs set at Rp 7,000 per kg at the moment. With the price of raw materials increasing, overall production costs will go up as well.

"We will reduce the use of chemical fertilizers while increasing the use of organic products," Omah Laduani Ladamay, the head of Merauke regency's agricultural agency said.

To catch up with the increase in global demand for organic fertilizers, more and more investors are entering the industry.

Recently, Pupuk Sriwijaya set up partnerships with four investors to build four organic fertilizer plants, each with an annual production capacity of 3,000 tons.

The other four state-owned fertilizer companies have been seeking partnerships with private investors to produce organic fertilizer.

Previously, in Greater Jakarta, the Jakarta administration set up a partnership with the Bekasi administration, PT Trimitra Buanawahana Perkasa and PT Trihantoro Utama to process garbage from the city into organic fertilizer.

In Brebes, Central Java, the regency joined up with PT Multi Kapital Sejati Mandiri and Gapoktan (an association of farming groups).

"Many more investors are wanting to become partners with organic fertilizer producers, which is an interesting phenomenon for us," Dadang Heru Kadri, president director of Pupuk Sriwijaya (Pusri), said.

"We will continue increasing our production levels and will not limit the number of investor opportunities in our business," he said.

With a booming international market and a relatively low investment cost *between Rp 600 million and Rp 800 million can produce 3,000 tons annually*, the organic fertilizer business seems to be the way forward in the future.

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