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Judge blocks California's low-carbon fuel standard

A federal district court judge today ruled that California’s low-carbon fuel standard, known as LCFS, violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, a ruling that appears at least initially to be good news for the nation’s corn ethanol industry and bad news for environmental critics who have argued that corn-based ethanol leads to changes in land use in other countries. Read More...

Food & Environment Reporting Network launches

The Food & Environment Reporting Network, Inc., an independent, non-profit news organization founded to produce investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health, launched operations today. Read More...

Courts uphold 'roadless conservation rule'

Environmental and hunting groups today praised a federal court decision to uphold the U.S. Forest Service's “Roadless Conservation Rule,” a Clinton era multiple-use national forest management regulation that was designed to limit road building and timber harvesting on undeveloped public lands managed by the Agriculture Department. Read More...

Florida gets $100 million Wetlands Reserve Program aid

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $100 million in financial assistance to acquire permanent easements from eligible landowners in four Florida counties and assist with wetland restoration on nearly 24,000 acres of agricultural land in the Northern Everglades Watershed. Read More...

EWG outlines environmental impact of meat consumption

The Environmental Working Group today released a Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health so that consumers can evaluate the environmental impact of eating meat and cheese. Read More...