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, October 21, 2010

China, India Needed in Fight for Green Palm Oil: Unilever

Jakarta Globe, Michael Taylor | October 20, 2010

Unilever, the world’s top palm oil buyer, uses palm oil for its myriad products like Dove soap and Stork margarine. (Reuters/Yusuf Ahmad)  
Palm oil buyers in India and China need to join those in Europe in signing up for a certification scheme to promote sustainable palm oil, consumer goods giant Unilever said on Tuesday.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, an industry body of consumers, green groups and plantation companies, was formed in 2004 and aims to promote growth and use of sustainable oil palm products.

“We need to increase the uptake of certified oil in the market,” said Jan Kees Vis, global director of sustainable sourcing development at Unilever. “We know that the demand from Europe is not enough.”

Annual production capacity of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil jumped over the three-million-ton mark last month, according to the industry group.

Certification for green palm oil started in August 2008.

“Global production is about 45 million tons — India takes eight million tons, China seven million tons, Europe about six million tons, United States and Egypt one million tons,” added Vis, who was elected to lead the RSPO at its conception in 2004.

Unilever, the world’s top palm oil buyer, uses palm oil for its myriad products like Dove soap and Stork margarine.

The Anglo-Dutch firm said in April that it would more than double this year to 400,000 tons its purchases of certified, sustainable palm oil.

But the certified palm oil sector has been plagued by weak demand due to the higher cost involved.

Palm oil planters have also complained that premiums for eco-friendly palm oil are not high enough to encourage production.

“There is more production at the moment than there is demand, and if that continues, the incentive for more growers to get certified will diminish,” Vis said ahead of the RSPO’s annual meeting in Jakarta from Nov. 8-11.

“We need to get the Indian and the Chinese market involved, which is difficult to do.

“We do need to involve more smallholder farmers,” he added. Indonesia is the world’s No. 2 producer of the vegetable oil.

But accusations from green groups over deforestation have led firms such as Burger King, Nestle and Unilever to stop buying palm oil from firms like Sinar Mas Agro Resources & Technology.

In August, Smart, which is part of Singapore-listed Golden Agri-Resources, got a mixed report card in an independent environmental audit. Greenpeace has accused the palm oil giant of clearing peatland and forests.

“The verification exercise was fine,” Vis said. “We are waiting for a response from Smart — a response in terms of an improvement plan or program to be put in place.

"So far, we’re encouraged by the level of cooperation we see from Smart with certifiers and the willingness they have to communicate and discuss the findings.”

Vis said Unilever wanted to see Golden Agri become a member of the RSPO, and make a public commitment to have all their holdings certified within a certain time frame.

Unilever expects to buy between 1.2 million tons and 1.5 million tons of palm oil this year, unchanged from 2009.

“It is a real mixed [economic] picture, so the real trick for a company, is to allocate resources into the markets that show potential for growth,” Vis said.

“Palm oil is the cooking oil of the two billion poorest people on the planet. Population growth is going to happen, so that’s where markets will grow — Central Asia, Africa, Southeast Asia.”  


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