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Food statistics pocketbook 2012

Annual publication giving an overview of statistics about food.

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Food statistics pocketbook 2012

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food statistics pocketbook data sources

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Users and uses of the food statistics pocketbook

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Details

This annual publication provides a round-up of statistics on food covering the economic, social and environmental aspects of the food we eat (excluding agriculture). It contains chapters on:

  • the food chain (beyond agriculture)
  • prices and expenditure
  • global and UK supply
  • environment
  • waste
  • dietary health
  • safety and confidence

Updates

This edition includes updated information in:

  • chapter 1: food chain (1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.8)
  • chapter 2: prices and expenditure (2.1, 2.5, 2.6, 2.8)
  • chapter 3: global and UK supply (3.4, 3.5)
  • chapter 6: dietary health (6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.10, 6.12, 6.13)

Data sources

Data comes from previously published government surveys run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and a wide range of other sources including government agencies and commercial organisations. The publication carries the National Statistics logo but is a combination of National Statistics and other statistics. Those which are National Statistics are identified as being so. Data quality varies among the many data sources and where possible an indication is included in bullet points. For more information see: food statistics pocketbook data sources (PDF, 242KB, 7 pages) .

Data uses

Researchers put this data to a wide range of uses spanning from informing decisions on the general public’s choices through to local food policy making. It is often used for statistics on the food industry, on food prices, on balance of diet, international comparisons, food production to supply ratio, greenhouse gas emissions and food waste.

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Published 13 January 2013
Last updated 30 April 2013 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include information on users and uses of the food statistics pocketbook.
  2. Updated edition of the 2012 pocket book including more recent statistics in chapter 1: food chain, chapter 2: prices and expenditure, chapter 3: global and UK supply and chapter 6: dietary health.
  3. First published.