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)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Indonesia allocates 18 million hectares of land for palm oil

The Jakarta Post, Nusa Dua, Bali | Wed, 12/02/2009 11:21 AM

Indonesia's position as the world's number one palm oil producer would likely not be shaken in years to come as the country still has 18 million hectares of land that could be used for palm oil plantations, almost double the current 9.7 million hectares that have been licensed for palm oil estates.

Agriculture Minister Suswono said after the opening of the 5th Indonesian Palm Oil Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, that of the total 9.7 million hectares, 7.9 million hectares are already planted with palm oil, while the remaining 1.8 million hectares still stand empty.

"Based on the land characteristics and the climate, we have a total of 18 million hectares of land that potentially could be used for palm oil plantations, without disturbing our forest preservation efforts," Suswono said.

In addition to providing more areas for palm oil plantation, the government would also help improve the productivity of the existing plantations.

In comparison, Malaysia has only 4 million hectares of palm oil estates, but it produces 16 million tons of palm oil per annum. Indonesia has almost double the size, 7.9 million hectares, but produces only 19 million tons of palm oil.

Suswono said most of the lost productivity lies with plantations owned and managed by smallholders, which account for 41.4 percent of total plantation areas.

He said plantations belonging to smallholders produce 1.5 to 2 tons per hectare, while plantations managed by private companies produce 7 tons per hectare, while those managed by state-owned companies produce 4 to 5 tons per hectare.

"So, we are considering giving incentives to improve the productivity of estates belonging to smallholders," Suswono said.

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