Food: Imports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Infrastructure and Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of food consumed in the UK was imported in each year since 2007.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Based on the farm-gate value of raw food, the proportion of UK consumption which was imported is shown in the table below.

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

49%

48%

49%

49%

47%

46%

46%

46%

48%

51%

More detail on the geographic origin of food consumed domestically, including the proportion of UK produced food which is exported, is published in the Agriculture in the UK annual reports on the Defra website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/agriculture-in-the-united-kingdom.

The figures above are not a measure of ‘self-sufficiency’. The more commonly used ‘production to supply ratio’ which also contains food produced here and then exported is shown below.

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

All food %

60

60

59

61

64

63

60

62

61

60

Indigenous type food %

73

73

72

75

78

77

73

76

76

76

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