Kai Olson-Sawyer

Kai Olson-Sawyer works on the food-water-energy nexus, water footprinting and surface and groundwater resource protection and management. Kai produces and writes reports, and creates multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. His work has been published in Huffington Post, Civil Eats, Grist, EcoWatch and AlterNet. Prior to GRACE, Kai was a Programs Assistant and Assistant Editor at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon and was a Researcher with NYC Apollo Alliance. Kai received an MA in Sociology with an environmental focus from The New School for Social Research, and a BA in English from Earlham College. He holds the Water Footprint Network's "Certificate of the Global Water Footprint Standard." His body is composed of 60 percent water.

Cut Food Waste, Cut Water Waste

Wasted food has a hidden cost: wasted water. Everything we eat has a water footprint, and as a recent Smithsonian Magazine article illustrates, when we waste food, it's like we're dumping huge amounts of water right into the garbage.

Pairing Meat with Climate Change at COP21

Professor Roni Neff expected it would be easy for her to get some meatless fare at the COP21 climate talks in Paris - but she was mistaken. See why she calls for a reduction in meat-eating to lower climate emissions.

Our Hero: Jeneen Wiche of the University of Louisville and Swallow Rail Farm

In this Ecocentric Heroes series we shine a light on food, agriculture and sustainability educators in higher education around the US. This installment features the committed, multi-talented professor and farmer, Jeneen Wiche, and shows how she's helping people understand what the sustainable food system is all about.

Top 3 Things to Know About the WHO's Meat and Cancer Report

Maybe you've heard that meat is cancer - not true. The nuance of all of this might be lost amidst the news and social media buzz ever since a WHO study announced that processed and red meat might increase your chance of cancer. Hold on - and no need to worry - we'll help sort it out.

Aquaculture Week: Onshore Fish Farming

While we may expect the fish on our plate to come from fisher folk out on their boats reeling them in, the reality is that much of our seafood comes from fish farms. This week we're exploring aquaculture - also known as fish farming - through the lens of sustainability. In this post we'll take a look at onshore systems.

Water Blogs We Love

Drought in California, among other items, has topped news headlines and made water a major national issue. The fact is that water has always been central to our lives. But don't take our word for it! Here are our top picks for the best blogs, news outlets and thinkers on the subject of water.

It's Morning Again in America For Clean Water

It's morning again in America for clean water after the EPA finalized the Clean Water Rule and in so doing, made one of the biggest moves to improve US water quality in a generation.

Our Hero: Arjen Hoekstra, Creator of the Water Footprint

Arjen Hoekstra not only created the concept of water footprint, but he opened people's eyes about how humanity uses water. Find out what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more.

Presidents Gone Green

America's 44 presidents have dealt with environmental and climate issues since our nation's beginning. From Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, here's how they've managed and grown our food, water and energy systems!

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