IELTS Writing Task 2 #203

Task 2

In Task 2 you may be expected to:

  • give your opinion and justify it
  • compare and contrast arguments
  • evaluate ideas
  • use examples from your own experience
  • Make sure you plan your answer before writing so that your ideas are well organised.
  • Always give a reason for your opinion.
  • Remember to have an introductory paragraph and a conclusion that summarises your views.
  • Be careful not to repeat points.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Supermarkets should only sell food produced from within their own country rather than imports from overseas.

What are your opinions on this?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model answer

Nowadays, supermarkets are stocked with food products from around the world. Some would argue that it would be better if food produce was not imported. I firmly believe that this view is correct, and will discuss the reasons why in this essay.

It is certainly the case that importing food can have a negative effect on local culture. This can be seen in countries such as Japan where imported food has become more popular than traditional, local produce, eroding people's understanding of their own food traditions. Although some would claim that this is a natural part of economic development in an increasingly global world, I feel strongly that any loss of regional culture would be detrimental.

A second major reason to reduce imports is the environmental cost. Currently, many food imports, such as fruit, are transported thousands of miles by road, sea and air, making the product more expensive to buy and increasing pollution from exhaust fumes. Despite the fact that the trade in food exports has existed for many years, I am convinced that a reduction would bring significant financial and environmental gains.

However, many jobs depend on food exports and some less developed countries may even depend on this trade for economic survival. In spite of this, the importance of developing local trade should not be undervalued.

In conclusion, I am certain that reducing food imports would have cultural and environmental benefits. What is more, the local economy should, in time, prosper commercially as the demand for local and regional products remains high resisting the competition from overseas.

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