The Guardian has created several data visualizations illustrating the United Kingdom’s reliance on European Union food imports to emphasize the threat Brexit poses to the UK’s food supply. The visualizations show that the United Kingdom annually imports more than £2 billion ($2.4 billion) of wine from EU member states, more than £240 million ($290 million) in cheese from Ireland alone, and that nearly all of its olives, spinach, peaches, and nectarines come from the European Union. If the United Kingdom and the European Union do not reach a Brexit deal, these foods and others could be subject to substantial tariffs and product inspections. The visualizations also show that the UK’s self-sufficiency in food has dropped from 75 percent in 1989 to 61 percent in 2018.
Visualizing the UK’s Reliance on EU Food Imports
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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