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)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Taiwan develops plant oil mixture to replace pesticides

Want China Times, CNA 2014-01-10

A sample of the plant mixture. (Internet photo)

The Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute has developed a mixture of essential oils and plant oils to replace pesticides when growing vegetables and fruit, as part of the government's efforts to promote healthy agriculture.

Yu Jih-zu, an assistant researcher at the institute, told CNA Wednesday that his team has developed a great substitute for pesticides after seven years of trial and error.

The mixture contains five essential oils and three to four plant oils, Yu said, but he declined to give further details, citing commercial concerns.

The institute has transferred the know-how to three local companies, he added.

"The combination can enhance the effectiveness of other natural pesticides, such as a mixture of lime and sulfur," Yu said.

The newly developed oil mixture has been used for growing cucumbers, peas, tomatoes, jujubes, papayas and strawberries, according to the institute.

Tsai Jyh-nong, a deputy researcher at the institute, said that farm management still plays an important role, as timing is critical.

Greenhouses provide the best environment for crops, and farmers can use small-mesh nets to lower building costs, the researcher told CNA.

Weeding is crucial, Tsai went on, claiming that a lot of farmers are unaware that weeds offer the perfect breeding ground for parasite eggs and diseases.

Farmers should also take note of the kind of pests are invading their crops and what diseases are infecting their crops, he said.

"Such low-cost preventative measures have proved effective. Most important of all, the crops are free of pesticide residue," Tsai said.

"It not only ensures the health of consumers, but also preserves the ecosystem," he added.

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