You should spend about 40 minutes on IELTS writing task 2.
Some countries import a large amount of food from other parts of the world. To what extent is this a positive or negative trend?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. You should write at least 250 words.
Instead of creating their own food commodities, governments throughout the world are increasingly dependent on food imported from other countries. It is, in my opinion, a dangerous trend that will have a detrimental influence on the agricultural sectors of countries. In the forthcoming paragraphs, I shall explain my thoughts in detail.
The disadvantage of depending on imported commodities rather than indigenous goods is that all local farmers in the nation who rely on crop sales would see a significant drop, lowering their living conditions. As a result, agricultural workers may need to seek alternative employment opportunities. Moreover, during times of crisis, nations that import products on a large scale will stop doing so, causing other countries that buy these items to suffer greatly.
Additionally, imported food is not necessarily nutritious. To preserve the food while it is transported to other parts of the world, specific chemicals are added to it. These preservatives have been linked to the development of deadly illnesses such as cancer. In addition, failing to maintain storage facilities results in significant food waste. Moreover, countries have to spend a huge amount on foreign countries in trade, and imported food is overpriced. It also has a negative impact on the nations’ native cultures. In Japan, for example, where imported meals are growing more popular, people’s knowledge of their own indigenous cuisines is dwindling.
However, in a way, it might also be true that importing goods can provide access to some foods that would otherwise be unavailable in certain countries. Preserved foods kept for extended periods, on the other hand, can induce a range of illnesses.
To summarise, imports are not always beneficial, and they have a negative influence on the country’s agriculture sector, weakening the country’s economic position.
Structure of the essay
You were given an opinion essay which means you had to pick a side. So,
- Do you agree with the idea that countries should produce their own goods instead of importing from other countries?
- Do you disagree with the idea that countries should produce their own goods instead of importing from other countries?
Once you pick a side, you can start planning your essay and then writing it.
Don’t forget to state your opinion on it.
Question Paraphrased – Instead of creating their own food commodities, governments throughout the world are increasingly dependent on food imported from other countries.
Opinion – It is, in my opinion, a dangerous trend that will have a detrimental influence on the agricultural sectors of countries.
A thesis statement – In the forthcoming paragraphs, I shall explain my thoughts in detail.
Body Paragraph 1:
Central idea: Dangerous consequences of importing food Supporting points:
- Causes a significant drop in local farms’ crop sales
- Deteriorates conditions of local farmers
- Makes country depend on other countries for goods
Body Paragraph 2:
Central idea: Negative effects of food-importing
- Imported goods are not nutritious
- Contains harmful chemicals
- Countries have to spend a huge amount on foreign trade
Conclusion: Reiterated that imports are not always beneficial and supported the side taken in the introduction.