Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Dave Reay
    Pages 1-6 Open Access
  3. Breakfast

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Dave Reay
      Pages 9-19 Open Access
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      Pages 21-34 Open Access
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      Pages 35-47 Open Access
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  4. Break Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Dave Reay
      Pages 69-79 Open Access
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      Pages 93-104 Open Access
  5. Lunch

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
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      Pages 107-120 Open Access
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  6. Dinner

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
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      Pages 151-163 Open Access
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 197-201

About this book


This open access book asks just how climate-smart our food really is. It follows an average day's worth of food and drink to see where it comes from, how far it travels, and the carbon price we all pay for it. From our breakfast tea and toast, through breaktime chocolate bar, to take-away supper, Dave Reay explores the weather extremes the world’s farmers are already dealing with, and what new threats climate change will bring. Readers will encounter heat waves and hurricanes, wildfires and deadly toxins, as well as some truly climate-smart solutions. In every case there are responses that could cut emissions while boosting resilience and livelihoods. Ultimately we are all in this together, our decisions on what food we buy and how we consume it send life-changing ripples right through the global web that is our food supply.

As we face a future of 10 billion mouths to feed in a rapidly changing climate, it’s time to get to know our farmers and herders, our vintners and fisherfolk, a whole lot better. 

Dave Reay is Professor of Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He has studied climate change for over 20 years, from warming impacts in the Southern Ocean, through carbon fluxes in forests, to greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands and agriculture. In 2018 he received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching for his work in climate change education. His latest project involves managing a large area of coastal land in Scotland to regrow native tree species and trap a lifetime’s carbon.


climate-smart food Food security climate change climate change impacts agriculture land use change Sustainability Paris Agreement carbon footprint Carbon dioxide fertilisation climate resilience greenhouse gas emissions Carbon Management carbon price climate-smart solutions food supply open access

Authors and affiliations

  • Dave Reay
    • 1
  1. 1.School of GeosciencesUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-18205-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-18206-9
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