Plates, pyramids and planets

Explainers

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 are food systems?
Samuel Lee-Gammage
28 Nov 2017
Amazon land use by CIAT via Flickr What is land use and land use change?
Samuel Lee-Gammage
04 Dec 2017
Chickens at Johnson Farms by Rick Obst via Flickr What is animal welfare?
Harriet Bartlett, Samuel Lee-Gammage
11 Dec 2017
Image montage (clockwise from left): DFAT, A_Peach, Jon Aslund and USDA via Flickr What is food security?
Walter Fraanje, Samuel Lee-Gammage
12 Mar 2018
Photos: Left - Image: © Obesity Action Coalition, Friends and family 423 - Top right DFID, Medical staff measure the upper arm circumference of a child who may be malnourished, at the local hospital in Masi Manimba, DRC, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported. Bottom right - National Cancer Institute, Unhealthy snacks in cart, Wikimedia Commons, Public domain. What is malnutrition?
Helen Breewood
08 Jun 2018
Photo credits: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tea_workers_carrying_tea_sacks_JEG9535.jpg https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1169385 https://pixabay.com/nl/tractor-voertuigen-boerderij-387275/ https://pixabay.com/nl/het-spuiten-van-suikerriet-suikerriet-2746350/ What is sustainable intensification?
Walter Fraanje, Samuel Lee-Gammage
08 Jun 2018
Images, clockwise from left: US FDA, Avoiding trans fat, Flickr, US government work free of copyright restrictions – Anemone123, Combine harvester agriculture, Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons – StockSnap, People man exercise, Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons – Andy Maano, Lifestyle of the Bushmen (gathering food), Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International What is the nutrition transition?
Helen Breewood
11 Oct 2018
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
Photo credits: Janet Vincent via https://flic.kr/p/eHGRay What is environmental efficiency? And is it sustainable?
Walter Fraanje, Tara Garnett, Elin Röös
28 May 2019