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.

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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)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sinar Mas Claims It’s Part of the Solution When It Comes to Sustainable Palm Oil

Jakarta Globe, Shoeb K. Zainuddin, January 27, 2012

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Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Sinar Mas, one of Indonesia’s largest palm oil producers, is spearheading new models of sustainable agriculture in the country in partnership with global giants such as Nestle.

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Speaking to the Jakarta Globe, Franky Widjaja, chief executive of Sinarmas Agribusiness, said sustainability was near the top of the agenda at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos.

Widjaja is co-chairman of a new initiative, Partnership on Indonesian Sustainable Agriculture, which has as its goal improving productivity by 20 percent while reducing poverty and greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.

“We have to learn together to ensure sustainable agriculture, he said. “This is a multi-stakeholder partnership that includes the government, the private sector, small farmers and civil society.”

In the program, Widjaja will represent the private sector while Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan will represent the government. Some 43 industry leaders from across the world are participating in the initiative, which was first launched three years ago.

The latest initiative coincides with the Jakarta Food Security Summit, scheduled to be held in the Indonesian capital in mid-February.

“The message we need to communicate is that we must address the right issues rather than attack the palm oil industry in general,” Widjaja said. “We must segregate the issues so we do not hurt small farmers and our exports.”

He estimated that of the 7.5 million hectares under palm oil cultivation, 43 percent is farmed by small holders. While many of these small farmers practice sustainable agriculture, he continued, a majority of them do not.

“Not only is their yield low, they do not understand the whole notion of sustainability,” he said. “It is our job to educate them.”

Arne Cartridge, special advisor at the Global Partnerships for Food Security at the WEF, said the main issue for countries such as Indonesia was to boost food exports while ensuring that local people had enough food.

“For Indonesia, the challenge is how does it use palm oil as a competitive advantage while ensuring environmental sustainability,” he said. That includes helping the agriculture sector to adapt to climate change by reducing deforestation.

Cartridge noted that there were land areas in the country that could be utilized for agriculture, but it needed to sort out the land rights issue first.

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