Time up for tea?

Defra has released a wave of “open data” showing how the nation’s food habits have changed.

Consumption of tea and white bread have fallen off a cliff. Meanwhile, junk food – like pizza – and convenience foods have “skyrocketed”.

People have embraced some healthy foods: brown bread and skimmed milk being the most prominent examples.

Consumption of takeaway food has also jumped significantly – from 80g per person in the 1970s to 150g today. However, consumption of fish & chips is down.

The data are being released as part of #OpenDefra, the biggest ever government data giveaway which will see 8,000 datasets opened up for free and public use by the summer.

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