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Plates, pyramids and planets


TABLE Explainers are short, peer-reviewed introductions to concepts that are important for understanding food systems and food sustainability. All of our Explainers are peer-reviewed by experts in the topic. We aim for every piece to be reviewed by people who hold different viewpoints on the topic, to ensure that we have accurately described the parameters of the disagreements. 

Explainer formats

Some of the Explainers here were originally published on Foodsource, a free educational website that was run by the Food Climate Research Network, Table’s precursor. The content on Foodsource has now been integrated into Table. Building Blocks are shorter explanations of single concepts; Chapters offer a structured introduction to food systems thinking, concerns and topics.

What is agroecology?
Rachel Carlile, Tara Garnett
09 Jun 2021
Food sovereignty
What is food sovereignty?
Rachel Carlile, Matthew Kessler, Tara Garnett
25 May 2021
Photo credits: Pexels - Methane and the sustainability of ruminant livestock
John Lynch, Tara Garnett, Martin Persson
13 May 2020
Photo credits: Pixabay - Soy: food, feed, and land use change
Walter Fraanje, Tara Garnett
30 Jan 2020
Image:, Person feeding white chicken outdoor, Pexels, Pexels Licence What is feed-food competition?
Helen Breewood, Tara Garnett
14 Jan 2020
Photo credits: Janet Vincent via What is environmental efficiency? And is it sustainable?
Walter Fraanje, Tara Garnett, Elin Röös
28 May 2019
USDA, Fresh food in garbage can to illustrate waste, Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic What is food loss and food waste?
Helen Breewood
25 Mar 2019
man exercising What is the nutrition transition?
Helen Breewood
11 Oct 2018
Photo credits: What is sustainable intensification?
Walter Fraanje, Samuel Lee-Gammage
08 Jun 2018