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Food and farming to be transformed by open data

open dataVast data reserves from Defra are set to transform the world of food and farming in the single biggest government data giveaway the UK has ever seen, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced yesterday.

Outlining her vision for the future of British food, farming and the natural environment, the Environment Secretary said that over the next year, virtually all the data Defra holds—at least 8,000 sets—will be made freely available to the public, putting Britain at the forefront of the data revolution.

“Think of the possibilities of over 8,000 sets of data—wine lovers will be able to sip English bubbly made from the finest grapes because growers have found the best soils; canoeists can check an app to see how fast their local river is flowing; swimmers can find the cleanest bathing water; supermarkets can monitor whether the fish they buy are from sustainable sources.”

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With farmers profits coming under increased pressure through a drop in commodity prices and the relentless increase in production costs any information that can help improve performance is greatly received. The timing of this data release could not be better timed. Farmers now need to find the time to interrogate this information to see how it can be best put to use in their specific circumstances. I look forward to seeing the results of their research and the increased profits on the bottom line.

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