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Food Supply

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department allocated to research on food sustainability in each year since 2001; and how much such funding it has allocated in 2009 to date. (302477)

Between 2001 and 2009, DEFRA has invested in a wide range of research activities associated with food sustainability (including animal health and welfare). Total spend (in millions) allocated since 2001 is shown in the following table. The table also shows the funding of related food and farming R and D by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council where figures are available.

£ million

DEFRA R and D spend on food sustainability1

BBSRC funding for related food and farming R and D

2001-02

82

2002-03

81

132

2003-04

75

129

2004-05

79

138

2005-06

78

150

2006-07

74

171

2007-08

70

185

2008-09

65

189

2009-10 (provisional)

65

Total of main sponsors for farming and food

669

1,094

1 These figures are taken from the DEFRA Science Information System database.