Category Archives: Statistics

Defra latest stats on Agriculture in the UK (2016)

The annual report (published May 2017) in fulfilment of the requirement under the “Agriculture Act 1993 that Ministers publish an annual report on such matters relating to price support for … Read on

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The great quinoa debate: does supplying western markets with exotics deny local people their staples?

Chris Smaje analyses the furore created by an article by Joanna Blythman on the damaging effects of quinoa exports and suggests “we need social statisticians . . . . [to … Read on

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Can organic farming feed the world? Can statistics provide the answer?

In this article, Chris Smaje wonders whether views (particularly treasured ones involving policy decisions) and statistics (beyond any simple questions that thus avail themselves of complex analysis) are doomed to … Read on

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UK research in agriculture: breakdown of gvt spending

The Countess Marr asked the question.  Lord De Mauley provided the Government’s answer. The figures — such as he had — to be found in yesterday’s Hansard (July 10), Column … Read on

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Defra Farming and Food Brief: April 2013

Some interesting annual figures (milk prices and volumes, fertiliser costs, etc) in this Brief. Summary as follows: Fall in farm incomes Total Income from Farming, is estimated to have fallen between … Read on

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Defra stats (Nov 2012)

These stats on Land ownership, use and agricultural workforce, June 2012

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Food Statistics for the UK, 2012

Defra’s pocket book Food Statistics 2012 makes for an interesting read — including the breakdown of the gross value added for the agri-food sector.  Of the GVA £89.1 bn (2010 … Read on

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Global Meat Consumption is Down

Although as reported in Vital Signs (Worldwatch Institute October 23 2012) global meat production in 2011 was up on 2010 levels, it was not by much (o.8%);  and meat consumption … Read on

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Crop Harvests for 2012 Worldwide: New FAO Report

The report can be viewed here FAO Crop prospects and food situation Oct 2012 It’s the expected gloomy news — except for the far east, which may break all records.

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Lantra Agricultural Factsheet July 2011

Stats covered include demographics of those in farming and estimates of future needs including the number of new farmers needed. agriculture statistics July 2011

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