The Government's Food Statistics Pocketbook shows the ongoing impact on UK families of food price rises. Between 2007 and 2012 just over half (51.8%) of food consumed within the UK was supplied domestically.
- After a long period of decline, food prices have risen in real terms by 12% over the past five years
- Fruit prices have risen 34% since 2007
- Falling household incomes mean 'food affordability' has been reduced by 20%
Between 2007 and 2010, the main response by UK households to food price rises was to buy less. Low income households bought:
- 25% less fruit
- 15% less vegetables