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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.

Foodsource What is the connection between infectious diseases in humans and livestock?
Samuel Lee-Gammage, Elizabeth Atherton, Josephine Head
08 Oct 2020
Foodsource What is a healthy sustainable eating pattern?
Tara Garnett, Peter Scarborough, Jessica Finch
08 Dec 2017
Foodsource Focus: the difficult livestock issue
Tara Garnett, Peter Scarborough, Jessica Finch
08 Jan 2017
Foodsource How are food systems, diets, and health connected?
Tara Garnett, Jessica Finch
05 Feb 2016
Foodsource How can we reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions?
Tara Garnett, Jessica Finch
05 Mar 2015
Foodsource Impacts of climatic and environmental change on food systems
Tara Garnett, Tim Benton, Jessica Finch
05 Apr 2014
Foodsource Food systems and contributions to other environmental problems
Tara Garnett, Tim Benton, David Little
05 May 2013
Foodsource Food systems and greenhouse gas emissions
Tara Garnett, Pete Smith, Will Nicholson
05 Jun 2012
Foodsource Environmental impacts of food: an introduction to LCA
Tara Garnett, Elin Röös, Will Nicholson
05 Jul 2011
Foodsource An overview of food system challenges
Tara Garnett, Tim Benton, Will Nicholson
05 Aug 2010