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, February 3, 2010

Cocoa Farmers Push for Local Chocolate Industry

Jakarta Globe, Arti Ekawati, February 03, 2010

A farmer picks cocoa at the Rangkahpawon plantation, Kediri, East Java. (Photo: Arief Priyono, Antara)

The Indonesian Cocoa Association is urging the government to promote the domestic production of chocolate food and beverages as part of a plan to reduce exports of unprocessed cocoa beans and develop value-added production.

Zulhefi Sikumbang, general secretary of the association, known as Askindo, said the development of domestic producers of chocolate-flavored food and beverages would help boost cocoa processing. He said Askindo has asked the government to offer incentives such as low-interest bank loans and to develop the nation’s infrastructure, especially its power system.

“It would raise the demand for cocoa beans from farmers and gradually reduce our export volume of [unprocessed] cocoa beans,” Zulhefi said on Wednesday in Jakarta.

The government announced last month that it was preparing incentives to develop value-added industries that process agricultural products.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi said the government wanted to develop downstream industries to boost employment and add value to exports, which are mostly unprocessed raw materials. “The incentive scheme will be different for each commodity,” Bayu said.

Indonesia exported 400,000 of the 600,000 tons of cocoa beans it produced last year. Most of these dried, unfermented cocoa beans are sent to countries such as Singapore and Malaysia, where they are processed into chocolate-flavored food and beverages and exported, often back to Indonesia.

The value of the country’s cocoa exports in 2009 was estimated at $1.8 billion, a 20 percent increase over the previous year, according to Bloomberg.

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