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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, May 21

It's probably fair to save that most of us love the Earth and wish it well. But what's the best way to treat it? And how should we adjust our own cultures to its needs (and transform the Earth for ours)? In today's Pagan News Beagle we look at such questions with articles about the future of agriculture in drought-stricken California, the importance of "mulch" in gardening, and the surprising benefits of living in the city, among other subjects. Continue reading to learn more.

Is capitalism stymieing the ability of the Californian agricultural sector to adapt in the face of crippling drought? That's the argument Yes! Magazine's making in this article which blames the state's overuse of water on "a food system that is built not to be practical, but profitable."

Compost! Mulch! The idea of rotting biomatter may not have much appeal to you but to gardeners and farmers, it's vital. As this article from The Independent describes, mulch provides soil with a much needed boost of fertility, helping to keep crops healthy and vital.

Could living in the city make you happier? Take a look at how "slow living" is emerging as a new trend in cities which is making urban living both more pleasant and more environmentally friendly.

Many of us are aware of the clash between the romantic ideal of the small family farm and the reality of the large-scale industrial farm. But whatever happened to those farms which were neither, which fell somewhere between small and large? This article from grist takes a look at their story.

Lastly, it's tempting to regard "natural" as a synonym for "good" or "better." But is that really always the case? As it turns out, no, not really.

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