Bishop of St Albans asks how much food consumed in UK is imported

StAlbans161117On the 23 January 2018 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received a written answer to a question about food security:

The Lord Bishop of St Albans : To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of food consumed in the UK was imported from the EU in (1) 1990, (2) 1995, (3) 2000, (4) 2005, (5) 2010, (6) 2015, and (7) 2017. [HL4655]

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: The proportion of food consumed that was imported from the EU is shown in the table below. Data is not yet available for 2017. The latest figures are for 2016. Origins of domestic consumption 1990 – 2016

Origins of domestic consumption 1990 – 2016
1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2016
UK 66% 62% 56% 51% 51% 52% 49%
EU (a) 18% 21% 23% 28% 28% 29% 30%

i) Membership of the EU increased between 2002 and 2013, from 15 to 28 countries.

A full time series of data from 1988 and for all world regions is available in the Agriculture section of the UK Chapter 14 data set on the GOV.UK website.

Note that the origins of domestic consumption figures are not the same as the production to supply ratio (sometimes referred to as self-sufficiency). In 2016 the UK production to supply ratio for all food was 60%.

(Via Parliament.UK)