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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)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Kintamani coffee gets certification

Claudia Sardi, The Jakarta Post, Sanur | Sat, 12/13/2008 11:15 AM  

The directorate general for intellectual property rights at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry has issued the first official Geographical Indication (GI) certificate for Arabica coffee from Kintamani in Bali. 

"This is a big day for all Indonesian coffee producers because it is the first Indonesian product to be recognized by GI," Ika Ahyani Kurniawati, head of the technical evaluation section at the directorate general, said on the sidelines of the National Conference for Geographical Indication in Sanur on Thursday. 

GI is an official quality label that guarantees the origin and specification of a product. The label certifies that the product holds certain qualities or a certain reputation because of its geographical origin. 

The certification was made in response to a request by an association of local farmers and private processors for the protection and recognition of the Kintamani coffee specifications. 

Kintamani coffee is produced in the northern part of Bali. Its production has to follow a "Book of Requirements" and will be controlled on a regular basis. 

"The Book of Requirements makes it possible for us to guarantee the highest possible quality of the coffee and makes it easier for the producers to maintain and develop their product," the director general for intellectual property rights, Andy Noorsaman Sommeng, said. 

Sommeng further said that all related parties involved in coffee production would be able to benefit from the certification, which will also enable them to distinguish easily between fake products and the original quality ones. 

"I hope to expand our markets for Kintamani coffee so that national and also international sales increase. We aim to increase the price per kilo from the current US$28 to $30 in the future," coffee farmer and vice president of Kopi Kintamani Bali, I Wayan Jaman, said during the three-day event in Sanur. 

At least 24 groups of each up to 100 farmers are part of the Kintamani production system. They have made the Kintamani coffee the most expensive of its kind in Indonesia. 

The GI certification of the Kintamani coffee constitutes a pilot project initiated by the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa research institute, GI and the involved local communities. 

"The Kintamani example shows how new technology, wider knowledge and defined processes can lift a region's value," Surip Mawardi, chief of the GI expert team, said. 

To enhance the marketing opportunities for Indonesian products on an international level, a ratification of the Lisbon (Appellation of Origin or AO instead of GI) agreement is being considered for the future. 

Sommeng sees great potential for many other Indonesian products such as pepper, rice and fruit. 

"Local communities have to start to communicate and map the special products and their very own characteristics in their region before they can apply for GI and later AO," he said.

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