Background and Methodology
Trade statistics are available from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization(FAOSTATS) from 1961 to 2010.
Data was downloaded for North America (Canada, Mexico, US), for Europe (41
countries). FAO’s region for Eastern Europe was also downloaded and the data
subtracted to leave 30 countries representing Western Europe (Albania, Austria,Belgium, Belgium-Luxembourg, Bosnia and Hertzegovina, Croatia, Denmark,Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Serbia andMontenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom). Africa databased on FAOSTATS list of 55 countries.
The hundreds of commodities represented were summarized to 22 major categories:alcoholic beverages, bran, coffee/tea, chocolate-ingredients, dairy, animal fats,
animal feed (maize, soybeans, sorghum, hay…), fiber, flour, fruit, fruit juice, germ,cereal grains (wheat, barley, rye, rice…), processed foods from grains, meats, nuts,
vegetable oils, pet food, pulse crops, spices, starch crops, sweeteners (sugar beets,
sugar cane…), vegetables. Tobacco products and fiber crops were analyzed, but not
included in the final food summary
Population and per capita GDP data were taken from Wikipedia