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This page provides a description and a link to a "FAOSTAT" database that provides information needed when modeling exposure levels or performing exposure assessment.

Short description

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations maintains FAOSTAT database that provides access to over 3 million time-series and cross sectional data relating to food and agriculture. FAOSTAT contains data for 200 countries and more than 200 primary products and inputs. Data starts from year 1990, but is freely accessible only to year 2003. Food consumption data is presented as the amount of food quantities divided for several commodities. FAOSTAT consists of an integrated core database and satellite databases feeding and supporting it. The current core of FAOSTAT contains a full matrix of integrated and compatible statistics coverage of 200 countries, 16 years, and more than 200 primary products and input items related to production, trade, resources, consumption and prices. Data collected from 1961-2004 and is not updated, and has been provided for reference purposes. Pesticide consumption database in FAOSTAT includes quantities of pesticides used in (or sold to) the agricultural sector. Figures are generally expressed in terms of active ingredients. Land-use is divided to 10 classess of use.

Long description

Table 4. FAOSTAT land cover classes

Code Class name
1 Total area
2 Land area
3 Agricultural area
4 Arable and permanent crops
5 Arable land
6 Permanent land
7 Permanent pasture
8 Forrest and woodland
9 All other land
10 Non arable and non permanent


Key words

ingestion, food, diet, pesticide consumption, Land use, agricultural, forest, woodland, arable