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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
prices and expenditure
global and UK supply
safety and confidence
This edition includes updated information in:
Chapter 1: Food Chain (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5)
Chapter 2: Prices and Expenditure (2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7)
The information in the pocketbook 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 the data set that accompanies the main publication: Food statistics pocketbook 2014: chart data
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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. For more information see: Users and uses of the food statistics pocketbook
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