Kai Olson-Sawyer works on agriculture-water impacts, water footprinting, meat and protein production, agroecology, food waste and resource accounting and tradeoffs. He produces reports and issue pages, creates multimedia content and is a regular contributor to GRACE's Ecocentric blog. His work has been published in Huffington Post, Civil Eats, Grist, The Hill 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.
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).
Federally funded programs that protect major US water bodies survived the budgetary chopping block - for now. The targeting of these programs is costly and counterproductive to the long-term health of the waters, our food and the economy.
ReFED, a food waste reduction coalition leader, created two new tools that help connect people and map the food waste landscape throughout the United States.
Local food and agriculture has gained popularity, but what does "local" even mean? Isn't local food simply sustainable and healthy? It can be, but it's not always so simple. Here are some guidelines.
Californians are relieved to have gotten more rain and snow than they've had in their past five years of extreme drought. But it's no time for the state with a big water footprint to rest easy - because water now might not be there later.
There's no doubt about it, beef has a giant water footprint compared most other foods. Even still, that's not the end of the water conservation story. Here's why.
What does environmental justice mean and what does food have to do with it? In reality, problems of injustice that seem distant and abstract can be as close as your next meal.
The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative places agriculture at the center of Detroit's North End neighborhood. Find out what co-founder Tyson Gersh and his group are doing to engage community members in in sustainable urban agriculture.
The EPA is out with awards for some of the top food waste warriors in the United States. See what's being done to reduce food waste by some of the awardees in the 2016 Food Recovery Challenge.
Climate change is here, and with more erratic weather, temperatures and precipitation, the threats are real. Don't fret, though: there's a framework for a more resilient agriculture system that puts adaptive management into farming and the food system, which can help everything thrive - even as problems in the system heat up.
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.
As Algal Doom spreads with the rise of harmful algal blooms (HABs), everyone is casting a wary eye toward "colorful" changes in their local waters. This installment of our Algal Doom series maps algal bloom hot spots across the United States.
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 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.
With Iowa's water quality in decline, Des Moines Water Works shook the state with an unprecedented lawsuit that seeks clean water action on runoff from three agriculture-heavy counties. The ruling could affect what farmers do in their fields in Iowa and beyond.
When it rains it pours...nitrogen pollution into rural waterways especially after periods of drought. A recent study made that link and begs the question: What will happen to water in farm country if this pattern keeps up?