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, November 3, 2007

Indonesia's first medium-field potatoes harvested in Sleman

Sri Wahyuni, The Jakarta Post, Sleman, Yogyakarta

It was a historic moment for the potato farmers of Hargobinangun village Wednesday when they harvested their first ever crop of medium-altitude field potatoes.

In Indonesia, potatoes are usually grown in regions with an altitude of at least 700 meters above sea level. However, the potato fields in Hargobinangun are located in a medium-altitude region, which lies between 300 to 700 meters above sea level.

Local officials and the head of Yogyakarta's Agriculture Technology Research Agency (BPPT), Bambang Sudaryanto, received the honor of kicking off the harvest.

The event took place at a 1,000-square-meter potato farm owned by farmer Panuju, who was visibly pleased with the number of potatoes his fields had produced.

Although Panuju's farm had not yet reached maximum productivity, the first harvest convinced local farmers that growing potatoes could offer them a better future.

"The success of medium-altitude field potato cultivation is the result of lengthy research. Naturally, we are quite pleased with the results," Bambang said.

The research, he added, had begun in 1999 following an official request from the Ministry of Agriculture.

"High-altitude field potato cultivation, particularly on the slopes of mountains, can degrade the environment. This is the reason we looked for ways to cultivate potatoes in medium-altitude regions," he said.

Research indicates that five out of 25 varieties of potatoes are suitable for cultivation in medium-altitude fields. The most suitable varieties include Granola, Panda and Atlantic potatoes.

Hargobinangun village, in Sleman regency, was later selected as the site to test the research results. The first harvest resulted in a yield of 12.6 tons of potatoes per hectare.

"This (result) is quite good since the breakeven point is eight tons per hectare."

Bambang said operational costs for each hectare stood at around Rp 20 million. With the current price of potatoes at Rp 3,000 per kilogram, he added, a farmer could potentially earn some Rp 37,800,000 for each hectare of potatoes produced.

"I hope the good results we have witnessed here today will in turn attract more farmers in Sleman to cultivate potatoes, especially since 2008 will be the International Year of the Potato."

Bambang said Sleman had at least 15,000 hectares of potential land -- located in the sub-districts of Cangkringan, Pakem, Turi and Tempel -- that could be developed into potato farms.

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