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)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Govt urges stern action against fake pesticides

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The distribution of fake pesticides and fertilizers is likely to spiral out of control this year unless authorities take stern action to impose a law on intellectual property rights, experts say.

The Indonesian Anti-Counterfeiting Society (MIAP) and CropLife Indonesia on Monday jointly reported fake products had caused severe financial damage and harmed the reputation of local farmers.

"Fake pesticides and fertilizers have undermined farmers' productivity and at the same time caused hazards for consumers. Law enforcement is not extensive enough to prevent perpetrators from carrying out their actions," MIAP chairman Bambang Sumaryanto said.

Existing laws on counterfeiting contain severe punishments for violators. However, they are rarely enforced by the authorities to net perpetrators.

For example, Intellectual Property Rights Law No. 15/2001 carries a financial sanction of Rp 1 billion (US$106,000) and a maximum prison sentence of five years for brand counterfeiting. Meanwhile, Plant Cultivation Law No. 12/1992 carries a fine of up to Rp 250 million and a maximum five-year prison sentence.

Bambang said most violations were usually settled through civil suits rather than criminal charges as demanded by the associations. Most authorities, such as the police, are unaware these stern laws even exist.

"Unfortunately, counterfeiting cases often end in a 'peaceful' resolution between the counterfeiter and the companies being cheated," said Bambang.

According to CropLife secretary-general Midzon Johannis, around 20 percent of the 1,500 registered pesticide brands fell victim to counterfeiting last year, with an estimated loss of up to Rp 5 trillion.

In order to help reduce the number of fake pesticides, Midzon suggests agricultural mentors at the sub-district level educate farmers and discourage them from buying fake brands, which are usually cheaper than the original products.

The mentors should also teach farmers how to detect fake products, he said.

"I am afraid farmers will be lured into buying cheaper, fake products, which in the end will actually lead the farmers to far greater financial losses, as their harvests will definitely fail," he added.

Farmers who had used fake pesticides on their crops in Brastagi, North Sumatra, recently failed to export their fruits, cabbages and potatoes as their produce contained excessive amounts of pesticide residue from using the fake brands.

CropLife Indonesia executive director Sobar Praja said most farmers chose pesticides and fertilizers based on the suggestions of their friends, as well as the pesticides sellers.

"If the pesticides do not work well, farmers usually just complain to the sellers, not the producers. This makes it hard for companies to identify fake products that use their brand names," he said.

CropLife is a worldwide non-governmental organization that focuses on the protection of multinational plants, while MIAP is an association established in 2003 whose members are companies fighting against fake products in Indonesia. (ind)

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