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.

EPA Initiatives Help the US Take a Bite Out of Food Waste

No organization knows the downsides of food waste better than the EPA, the agency that helps monitor food waste and regulate its management. Find out all the interesting tools, competitions and initiatives the EPA has created to help take a big bite out of food waste in the United States.

Algal Doom: The Many Colors of Algae and Their Potential Hazards

Harmful algal blooms don't just wreak havoc by causing oxygen-starved dead zones, but they have the potential to be toxic to humans, land animals, aquatic animals, fish and shellfish. This installment of our Algal Doom series looks at the life cycle of an algal bloom, the "colors" of a few common algae types and their harmful effects.

Algal Doom: What Causes Harmful Algal Blooms?

Algal blooms occur naturally, but human development has knocked the natural nutrient cycling out of balance and made them harmful. This installment of our Algal Doom series looks at some of the major pollution sources, like fertilizer runoff from farm fields, animal agriculture manure lagoons and wastewater treatment plants.

Algal Doom: The Growing Threat of Harmful Algal Blooms

Has the water in your swimming hole gone green with gunk? Chances are that you're witnessing a harmful algal bloom, which is a serious problem throughout the US and the world. Our new Algal Doom series explores what algal blooms are, why they're bad and what they're caused by (hint: conventional ag and CAFOs are just two of the causes).

Define the ''Natural'' Label or Send it Packing

A new report of consumer survey results by Consumer Reports gives more evidence that the public is confused about the "natural" label. A coalition led by Consumers Union is urging the FDA to remove the label from foods, or to change its meaning because it's misleading shoppers.

Adding Food into the Climate Equation: A Post-COP21 Agenda

Earth Day is signing day for the monumental COP21 climate deal. Emissions from energy production and fossil fuels are in the mix, but food and agriculture were left out. Here are the food and ag proposals we'd add if we were at the United Nations!

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!

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.

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