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)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

RI warned of food shortages on decline in world rice output

Ary Hermawan, The Jakarta Post, Nusa Dua, Bali

With a further decline in world rice production, Indonesia, a major rice importer, could suffer food shortages in the coming years if it fails to boost rice production, an agricultural expert warns.

International Rice Research Institute development director Duncan Graham said Wednesday that high rice prices on the world market would also pose big problems for Indonesia in its efforts to secure rice supplies.

"The international rice price has doubled in the last two years. What if this continues and it doubles again?" he said to The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of the World Rice Conference.

The international rice price, Duncan said, had already increased from about US$240 a ton to more than $300 a ton. "Today (experts) at this conference are now talking about the price going up to $1,000 a ton."

He said the international rice price was expected to increase because India, the world's largest rice producer and consumer after China, might need to import 5 million tons of rice over the next 12 months.

"This is a large amount of rice. If India buys that rice on the international market, what does that mean for Indonesia and the Philippines as rice importers? There are two things: one, it will push up the price even higher, making it more expensive for Indonesia, and two, there will not be enough rice to buy because India has taken it all," he explained.

In his address at the opening of the conference, the head of the State Logistics Agency, Mustafa Abubakar, said that Indonesia still needed to import rice to meet growing rice needs at home.

While Indonesia would stick to its import policy, increasing rice production would remain the top priority, he said.

Indonesia's rice imports fell from 6 million tons in 1998 to less than 1 million in 2004. The government increased the figure to more than 1 million tons this year due to harvest delays in some areas.

The staple food is very important to the country's economy and household food security, especially among the poor, who allocate about 30 percent of their total expenditure to rice.

Increases in farming costs and low rice prices have caused many farmers to turn to other crops in the hope of improving their incomes. This has become the main obstacle to increasing rice production.

Graham said that agriculture was now facing serious challenges from the effects of climate change resulting from global warming, including more floods and droughts than ever before, while at the same time many members of the younger generation around the world were abandoning agriculture for economic reasons.

"The big problem is that agriculture and farming have become less sexy. Nobody cares about them. Everybody has forgotten agriculture. Everybody is more excited about the IT industry, tourism and everything else. We are paying the price for forgetting about agriculture and food production," Graham said.

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