Corporations to the rescue?

In my last blog I talked about how the current system of world governance is based on the Westphalian model and how this model increasingly is proving to be inadequate to solve trans-boundary issues. Some things, truly, are not meant to last forever. Today’s governments appear to be largely incapable of addressing society’s most pressing…

Some things aren’t meant to last forever…

Would it be a shock for you to learn that our current system of international order and governance originates from a treaty signed in 1648 to end the Thirty Years War in the Holy Roman Empire and the Eighty Years’ War between Spain and the Dutch Republic? The series of peace treaties initiated a new…

Opportunities for Sustainable Infrastructure in Brazil

Across the developing world, rising wealth is leading to changing diets. Demands for soybeans and meat (in particular, beef) are increasing rapidly. With this increased demand for food, comes greater challenges and opportunities for developing economies with significant agribusiness potential, such as Brazil. One of the greatest challenges for Brazil is a poor transportation and…

Eating water.

  Yeah, you read that right. How much water do you eat? Water not only is something that we drink, but it’s also an important part of the food we eat. Water that is used in the production, transport and consumption of food is often overlooked, but is incredibly important to consider for sustainability. This…

A start…

Welcome to FromTheDirt, a blog about the environment, sustainability and society. I’m Adam Efird from Raleigh, NC and I’ll be your host as we unpack some of the most important current environmental issues.