Growing at home for self-sufficiency: The data

May 8, 2012

One of the best things about growing your own food, despite living in the capital, is that feeling of self-sufficiency. With a branch of Tescos on every corner, it’s hardly surprising that most people live out of the shops rather than eat their own produce.

But how self-sufficient is the country as a whole? Are we really so reliant on imported food?

These visualisation, which was made using ManyEyes, illustrates a data set released by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). It shows the UK’s food production to supply ratio – also known as the “self-sufficiency” ration. The data used here dates from 1970 to 2010.

DEFRA explains the ratio: “Food Production to Supply Ratio, which is calculated as the farm-gate value of raw food production (including for export) divided by the value of raw food for human consumption.”

It shows that the country’s self-sufficiency has declined since 1984 and, by 2010, was at 74% for indigenous types of food, and 60% for all food.

Click on the image below to explore the data…

UK self food sufficiency ratio (food production to supply ratio) Many Eyes

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