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.
California is a major agricultural state. California is also a major oil-producing state. And never the twain shall meet, right? Not quite, and the use of recycled oil field wastewater as irrigation water for food crops has raised concerns about their coexistence.
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.
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.
Dungeness crab is off most menus indefinitely as toxic algae contamination delays season openings on the West Coast. The cause of the toxic algae is warm Pacific waters and some wonder if this is another example of harmful climate change impacts.
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.
Food produced by industrial agriculture can often be cheap, but that doesn't mean that it's not costly to the environment. Read about a new report that totals up the hidden costs that are largely left off the books.
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.
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.
As we enter fall, we can expect peak foliage, peak pumpkin spice and, sadly, peak harmful algal blooms (HABs) in US waters. What's the deal with toxic algae blooms and why is the problem getting worse?
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.
Swimmable Water Weekend is a laudable Waterkeeper Alliance initiative that seeks to get people out to their favorite swimming hole, lake or beach and take the plunge for clean water. Get out there, bring your camera and enter the photo contest!
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for teams, leagues and athletes. They all care about doing the right thing for their business, their community and the environment - and the Green Sports Alliance provides a showcase for their efforts.
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.
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.
California's snowcapped mountains aren't merely a beautiful backdrop, but also a high-elevation water storage system. Snowpack is so important because in a normal year, California gets about 30 percent of its water from snowpack runoff. And this year, there is almost none. Is this the harbinger of a new era?
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!