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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, November 19, 2009

RI to become an important food supplier

Hyginus Hardoyo, The Jakarta Post, Rome, Thu, 11/19/2009 1:08 PM

Given its abundant agricultural resources, Indonesia is well positioned to become one of the world's most important food suppliers in the coming years, Indonesian Vice President Boediono said here Wednesday.

"The development of infrastructure, including in the agriculture sector, is a top priority in the government's plan.

"The government is ready to remove regulatory stumbling blocks that hinder investment in agribusiness," Boediono said at the end of a three-day World Summit on Food Security held at the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) headquarters.

Attending world leaders have strived to work together to reverse the decline in domestic and international funding of agriculture, promote new investment in the sector, improve governance of global food issues in partnership with relevant stakeholders from the public and private sectors, and proactively face the challenges of climate change to food security.

"We need to improve our logistic system to optimize our vast geographic potential," Boediono said.

He recognized the basic problem of food security was to increase food supplies quickly and sustainably.

"The key is to accelerate investment in agricultural research, development and infrastructure."

The government has allocated Rp 33 trillion (US$1.9 billion) in subsidies for the agriculture sector this year.

Boediono said the global trade environment was a critical factor in sustaining global food production.

"We need international trade rules that are supportive of agricultural development in developing countries. It's a shame the Doha Round has now come to a standstill. We should work together for its reinstatement," he said.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon called the current food crisis "a wake-up call for tomorrow".

"There can be no food security without climate security," he said, adding that if the glaciers on the Himalayas melted, it would affect the livelihood of 300 million people in China and up to a billion people in Asia.

FAO director-general Jacques Diouf stressed the need to produce food in countries that suffered from poverty and boost agricultural investment in those regions.

Diouf said that in some developed countries, 2 to 4 percent of the population were able to produce enough food to feed the entire nation and even to export, while in the majority of developing countries, 60 to 80 percent of the population were unable to meet the country's food requirements.

"Eliminating hunger requires US$44 billion in official development assistance per year be invested in infrastructure and technology.

"It is a small amount if we consider the $365 billion of agriculture producer support in OECD countries in 2007, and the $1,340 billion in world military expenditure in the same year," he said.

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