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  • © 2019

Climate-Smart Food


  • Discusses the challenges of food security in the 21st century

  • Compares how climate smart different types of food are

  • Challenges readers to think about their own food and how they get it

  • This is an Open Access title

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    • Dave Reay
    Pages 1-6Open Access
  3. Breakfast

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 7-7
    2. Climate-Smart Orange Juice

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 9-19Open Access
    3. Climate-Smart Bread

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 21-34Open Access
    4. Climate-Smart Tea

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 35-47Open Access
    5. Climate-Smart Milk

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 49-66Open Access
  4. Break Time

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 67-67
    2. Climate-Smart Chocolate

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 69-79Open Access
    3. Climate-Smart Bananas

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 81-91Open Access
    4. Climate-Smart Coffee

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 93-104Open Access
  5. Lunch

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 105-105
    2. Climate-Smart Chicken

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 107-120Open Access
    3. Climate-Smart Rice

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 121-133Open Access
    4. Climate-Smart Maize

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 135-147Open Access
  6. Dinner

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 149-149
    2. Climate-Smart Potatoes

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 151-163Open Access
    3. Climate-Smart Cod

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 165-175Open Access
    4. Climate-Smart Champagne

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 177-189Open Access
    5. Conclusion

      • Dave Reay
      Pages 191-196Open Access

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. 


  • 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
  • Environmental Geography
  • Climate change management



Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

    Dave Reay

About the author

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. 

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)