Tara Garnett


Environmental Change Institute
Oxford University Centre for the Environment
South Parks Road

Food Climate Research Network

Tara Garnett initiated, and runs the Food Climate Research Network, now based at the Environmental Change Institute.

Her work focuses on the contribution that the food system makes to greenhouse gas emissions and the scope for emissions reduction, looking at the technological options, at what could be achieved by changes in behaviour and how policies could help promote both these approaches. She is particularly interested in the relationship between emissions reduction objectives and other social and ethical concerns, particularly human health, livelihoods, and animal welfare. Much of her focus is on livestock, since this represents a nodal point where many of these issues converge.

Tara is keen to collaborate through the FCRN with other organisations to undertake research, organise events and build and extend interdisciplinary, intersectoral knowledge in this field.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

FCRN Discussion Paper: What is a sustainable healthy diet?

Garnett T and Wilkes A (2014). Appetite for Change: social, economic and environmental transformations in China’s food system, Food Climate Research Network, University of Oxford.

Garnett, T (2013) Three perspectives on sustainable food security: efficiency, demand restraint, food system transformation. What role for LCA? Journal of Cleaner Production

Garnett T (2013). Food sustainability: problems, perspectives and solutions. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 72, 29–39.

H. Charles J. Godfray, Christl A. Donnelly, Rowland R. Kao, David W. Macdonald, Robbie A. McDonald, Gillian Petrokofsky, James L. N. Wood, Rosie Woodroffe, Douglas B. Young and Angela R. McLean (2013) A restatement of the natural science evidence base relevant to the control of bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain Proceedings of the Royal Society B vol. 280 no. 1768 [doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1634]

Adam D M Briggs, Ariane Kehlbacher, Richard Tiffin, Tara GarnettMike RaynerPeter Scarborough, Assessing the impact on chronic disease of incorporating the societal cost of greenhouse gases into the price of food: an econometric and comparative risk assessment modelling study, BMJ Open 3:e003543 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003543

H. Charles J. Godfray and Tara Garnett (2014) Food security and sustainable intensification, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 5 April 2014 vol. 369 no. 1639 20120273 [doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0273]

Garnett T and Godfray C (2012). Sustainable intensification in agriculture. Navigating a course through competing food system priorities, Food Climate Research Network and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, University of Oxford, UK

Tara Garnett, Climate change and agriculture: can market governance mechanisms reduce emissions from the food system fairly and effectively?, 2012

Tara Garnett, Where are the best opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the food system (including the food chain)? Food Policy 36 (2011) S23–S32

Tara Garnett, Livestock, feed and food security, 2010

D. Joe Millward and Tara Garnett, Conference on ‘Over- and undernutrition: challenges and approaches’ - Plenary Lecture 3 - Food and the planet: nutritional dilemmas of greenhouse gas emission reductions through reduced intakes of meat and dairy foods, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (2010), 69, 103–118

Tara Garnett, Livestock-related greenhouse gas emissions: impacts and options for policy makers, Environmental Science and Policy 12 ( 2009 ) 491 – 503

Tara Garnett, Cooking up a storm: Food, greenhouse gas emissions and our changing climate, 2008