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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)

Monday, December 21, 2009

At Least Rp 3t Required for Indonesia Sugar Industry, Officials Say

The Jakarta Globe, Arti Ekawati

Workers carrying freshly-harvested sugarcane in South Sulawesi. The government is aiming for Indonesia to become self sufficient in sugar by 2014 and to more than double sugar production by 2025. (Antara Photo)


Indonesia needs an additional Rp 3.1 trillion ($328.6 million) in investment to build 50 new sugar plants required to reach the goal of self-sufficiency in white and refined sugar by 2014.

The funds are needed to build 10 sugar plants with a milling capacity of 15,000 tons of cane per day, 15 plants with a capacity of 10,000 tons per day and 25 plants with a capacity of 6,000 tons per day, according to Achmad Mangga Barani, the director general of plantations at the Ministry of Agriculture.

The country currently has only 61 sugar factories, including 51 factories belonging to state-owned companies. Most are severely outdated.

Achmad said the domestic sugar industry required large-scale investment to maintain and develop sugarcane plantations and processing plants.

“We are working with BRI [PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia] to help create a consortium to fund sugar-plant projects,” Achmad said in an interview with the Jakarta Globe on Thursday.

Adig Suwandi, the secretary of state-owned company PT Perkebunan Nusantara XI, said the high price of sugar has provided an incentive to build factories and plant sugarcane.

Prices have more than doubled this year, and were trading at record highs last week, with white sugar selling at $687 a ton.

“The recent price is still favorable,” Adig said.

However, he cautioned that sugarcane output was often affected by climate conditions.

“We must use the right technology to reduce the impact of climate on sugarcane production,” he said.

He pointed to the extended heavy rains during the early milling season this year, which delayed transportation of cane from plantations to processing factories and reduced sugar content.

The government has set a goal of sugar self-sufficiency by 2014, with targeted output of 5.7 million tons, including 2.96 million tons of sugar for direct consumption and 2.74 million tons for the food and beverage industry.

In addition to generating investment, the government plans to implement new sugar quality standards next year. With the new standards, sugar will no longer being classified into two major categories — white sugar for direct consumption and refined sugar for processing by the food and beverages industry.

Under the new rules, sugar will be classified according to its color and based on its Icumsa rating. The lower the Icumsa rating, the brighter the color and better the quality.

“I hope sugar companies will be ready for the implementation of the new standards in 2010, that they will be ready to produce sugar that is up to the standards, whether for the food and beverage industry or direct consumption,” Achmad said.

Sugar for industrial purposes with lower Icumsa ratings will be sold at higher prices compared to sugar for daily consumption.

Factories not able to meet the higher standards will likely be required to produce raw sugar for further processing by factories.

“We will cooperate with the Industry Ministry and the State Ministry for State-Owned Enterprises to evaluate the companies, which ones will only produce raw sugar and which will produce the cane into sugar,” Achmad said.

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