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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, July 31, 2014

Researchers in Taiwan produce green soybean tofu

Want China Times, CNA 2014-07-31

Soybean plants at the research center, Feb. 26, 2013.
 (Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research
and Extension Station)

It is usually a sign that food has gone bad when it turns green, but researchers in southern Taiwan are proud to have developed a new kind of tofu made from green soybeans which they say could boost Taiwan's NT$2 billion (US$66.3 million) of annual green soybean exports.

Researchers with the Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station said Wednesday that the new take on tofu, which has a slight green hue, maintains the unique flavor of green soybeans that is not found in traditional tofu, which is made from mature soybeans.

"We're developing many products made of green soybeans, aiming to add value to the crop and offer new options for consumers," said Chen Cheng-min, an assistant researcher at the station.

Green soybeans are a major agricultural export for Taiwan and could see a boost if the product catches on.

Local farmers harvest some 42,000 metric tons of saleable green soybean products such as edamame each year, according to Chen.

The vast majority — 30,000 tons — goes to Japan. But exports dropped slightly last year to US$68.59 million off of a record high of US$71.6 million in 2012, according to official statistics.

Chen said the green tofu was "quite difficult" to develop as young soybeans have fewer protein gels than mature.

It is not the first time the Kaohsiung research station has done creative tinkering with green soybeans. They previously developed beans with flavors of taro root and managed to make soymilk out of the immature beans.

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