Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.

Defra makes policy and legislation, and works with others to deliver policies in areas such as:

  • the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals
  • sustainable development and the green economy
  • food, farming and fisheries
  • animal health and welfare
  • environmental protection and pollution control
  • rural communities and issues.

Defra gathers and reports on many statistics, some of which are available as open data on its website.

The UK Data Service acquires microdata from surveys sponsored by Defra including:

  • Surveys of Public Attitudes to the Environment
  • Living Costs and Food Survey (and the prior National Food Survey)
  • National Diet and Nutrition Surveys
  • Surveys of Public Attitudes to the Environment


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