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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, October 3, 2014

You’re Doing Dairy Wrong: Dutch Farmers

Milk Made: Six dairy producers from Holland visit Indonesian counterparts, offering technical advice in Farmer2Farmer program


Dairy farmers collect milk at a farm in Lembang, Bandung, West Java
 (JG Photo/Rezza Estily)

Cisarua, West Java. Four experienced Dutch dairy farmers have come to Indonesia to train local farmers in ways to improve milk production.

Wendy Kamp, Gerben Smeenk, Marten Djikstra and Jan ten Kate were brought to Indonesia by dairy company FrieslandCampina through the Farmer2Farmer program.

The initiative aims to helps farmers share their experiences and knowledge in order to help local dairy farmers to increase the quality and quantity of their milk production.

The guest farmers scores their Indonesian counterparts on current practices and held a short training on how to improve conditions for workers, including how to increase sunlight exposure on cow pens and how to milk cows properly.

With over 19,000 farms and 1.5 million cows, Holland is one of world’s leading milk producers. In 2012, the Dutch produced 11.6 million tons per year — far surpassing Indonesia’s 38.4 million liters recorded by the Central Statistics Agency.

Traditional farming practices and lack of land are the two most often-cited reasons for Indonesian farmers’ poor production .

“They still use traditional ways and keep doing the same mistakes, especially with the hygiene and feeding system. For instance, here farmers give the cows random grass available nearby without considering the cows’ nutritional needs. The food, of course, affects the quality of the milk,” Gerben Smeenk said.

“In Holland, the farmers have higher education and different circumstances, with the climate and land, so we can’t really compare the two countries,” Jan ten Kate said.

While some believe Holland’s farmers are advantaged by having as many as 85 hectares in which cows may roam freely, while Indonesian farms still use small cages, the reality is that range has diminishing returns — particularly for dairy cattle.

“We need government’s attention,” Erif Kemal Syarif, one of the trained farmers, said upon receiving the training. “We’re not really behind the farmers abroad, but we still need help from the government with the land. They should provide permanent farming land for us.”

Erif also said the government needs to lower taxes on farm equipment.

“The tax is too high. I recently bought a milking machine for Rp 110 million, [$9,000] and the spare parts cost me Rp 1 million each! I need to change eight of them twice a year, while it only costs around Rp 400 thousand each in Holland,” he said.

The Farmer2Farmer exchange, which reached six farms in West Java and Central Java, is the second such visit to Indonesia. Participants are scheduled to share their findings in Jakarta on Oct. 10.

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