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, December 5, 2009

RI to grab larger CPO market share

Nani Afrida, The Jakarta Post, Nusa Dua Bali | Sat, 12/05/2009 1:40 PM

Indonesia's palm oil industry is set to increase its global market share next year as competitor Malaysia experiences a significant correction in output following the end of a high plantation cycle.

"We predict Indonesia might take 50 percent of CPO *crude palm oil* market share in 2010," Dorab E. Mistry, director of London-based Godrej International Ltd., said Friday after the closing ceremony of the three-day Indonesian Palm Oil Conference (IPOC) in Bali.

Indonesia is the biggest CPO producer in the world, accounting for 47 percent of world production. The country produced 19 million tons of CPO from 7.9million hectares of plantations last year, and is expected to produce 20 million tons this year and 22 million tons in 2010.

"The high cycles of palm oil plantations in Malaysia is over and the production will severely decline," Mistry said, adding Malaysia was currently in a replanting program.

"Besides, the country has a land shortage, so that it will make it difficult to expand plantations."

Malaysia's decreasing output will also be exacerbated by tree stress and dry weather caused by El Ni*o, which has created a pessimistic outlook for world CPO production in the second half of 2010, Mistry said.

Malaysia, currently the second-biggest CPO producer, may see its production drop from an expected 17.7 million tons this year to 17.5 million next year, he added.

With climate issues also at play, Mistry said Indonesia could still increase its production output due to its availability of farmland.

"With new plantations to produce more palm oil, Indonesia has an opportunity to boost its production and grab more market share next year," Mistry said.

"We have a rational estimate that CPO production from Indonesia will grow by 1 million to 1.5 million tons next year."

Without factoring in the impact from El Ni*o, analysts believe the CPO production increase in Indonesia can reach between 2 million and 2.5 million tons.

The CPO price climbed to its highest level in six months Friday after analysts predicted a 20 percent price increase in the first half of next year, Bloomberg reported, as drought disrupts supply and demand grows in China and India, the two biggest consumers.

The commodity advanced 3.4 percent to RM2,562 (US$758) per metric ton, the highest level since June 4.

Prices may soar to RM3,000 a ton by March, Mistry said.

So far this year, the CPO price has increased 50 percent as investors turn to commodities as a safe haven from the declining dollar.

Vegetable oils climbed 20 percent in November from a year earlier, the first gain this year, according to the FAO's Food Price Index.

The gauge rose to a record last year after concerns over food shortages spurred exporters to curb shipments.

"There's a fear for CPO production in 2010," Mistry said.

"I expect palm oil prices to rise at the fastest pace in relation to all other vegetable oils. The spread between soybean oil and palm oil will undoubtedly narrow."

CPO, which accounts for two-fifths of the world's edible oil, will be crucial for plugging supply gaps as El Ni*o-caused disruptions result in price shocks, Mistry said.

Bloomberg also cited a Solvent Extractors Association report that India imported a record 8.7 million tons of vegetable oils in the year ending Oct. 30, of which CPO accounted for 80 percent.

China's soybean imports in December may exceed the June record of 4.71 million tons, the China National Grain & Oils Information Center said in a statement Friday. Chinese soybean purchases in the year to July may exceed a previous forecast of 41 million tons, Thomas Mielke, chief executive of Oil World, said Thursday in Bali.

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