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Today's Food

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Today’s food travels thousands of miles before it reaches customers. Why is this? Is this a positive or negative trend?

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Today an increasing number of food items offered in supermarkets are imported. Popular food sometimes also has to travel huge distances. I will explore the reasons for this tendency and discuss its benefits and drawbacks.

While delicacies and spices have been internationally traded for centuries, today’s global trade with low transportation costs and fewer trade barriers have encouraged importing food in large quantities. In some places, even everyday items and inexpensive food like pasta or vinegar can be imported cheaper than being produced locally. Consequently, supermarkets take advantage of this development.

Imported food comes at a price for consumers, the local agriculture and the environment. First of all, some food will lose flavour and freshness when travelling by cargo ship for weeks. Fruit has to be shipped before fully ripe or additional preservatives have to be added. Secondly, local farmers may not be able to compete with the low cost of imported food. They will go out of business or stop growing local fruit or vegetable species at all. This can lead to less variety in local food offered. Additionally, the transportation itself is harmful to the environment as it uses fossil fuels. For all of these reasons a quite vocal "local food" movement has formed in recent years trying to promote and preserve food quality and locally grown food.

It can be argued that imported food benefits consumers with low prices and provisioning of choice. Supermarkets can choose the least expensive suppliers worldwide and offer food at a lower price to their customers. Imported food also enables them to offer more choices, like exotic fruits and international food, to their customers. For example, in some countries it would be impossible to sell most types of fresh fruit and vegetables in winter at all if they were not imported.

This writing is found under the following category(ies):
IELTS Opinion Essays  
This critique is meant for the writing from katisss. This writing task has been reviewed and partially corrected. Please revert to the original IELTS writing before correction to understand this critique!

You were not fully able to achieve the task. There are 2 key requirements in this writing topic:
>why food travels thousands of miles before it reaches customers.
>you have to choose and give your arguments as to whether it's a positive or negative trend.
You have achieved the first one but for the second one, you haven't clearly stated where your stand is. You simply wrote the advantages and disadvantages of the trend.

Vocabulary is good and you have demonstrated your ability in using a wide range of vocabulary.

Paragraphs are clearly organised.

Compare to the original writing.

+The topic is not about import and export. Even though it's about the fact that food has to travel miles before reaching customers, you should not assume this is only meant for importing food which can also result in the significant trend.
+As far as I know, people have different opinions on how to use "Nowadays" correctly. If you google it up, you can find that in some cases, for the same sentence, a teacher can mark it as incorrect whereas another teacher will accept it.
>In my opinion, it's quite informal to use "nowadays" at the beginning of your essay.
+Unclear expression: "Sometimes even quite ordinary food has travelled huge distances". Example:
>Even she's on diet, she is still eating too much chocolate.
>Even banana is easily found in China, it's still imported.
As you can see "even" is normally used for contrasting 2 events. However, your sentence has only one phrase. Therefore, it seems to be incomplete.
+If you can be more specific, your writing would be much better: "I will explore the reasons for this tendency and discuss its benefits and drawbacks."
+Subject Verb Agreement:
>"today’s global trade ... and ... barriers has encouraged importing food" -> "today’s global trade ... and ... barriers have encouraged importing food"
>"In some places even everyday items" -> "In some places, even everyday items"
+Unbalance: "Fruit has to be shipped before fully ripe or additional preservatives have to be added to food"
>Firstly you talked about fruit but at the end you used "food" not "fruit".
+Wrong "less local variety in food offered" -> "less variety in local food offered"
+Wrong "local grown food" -> "locally grown food"
+Plural "the least expensive supplier" -> "the least expensive suppliers."
+"Importing food" -> "Imported food"
+"most kind of fresh fruits and vegetables" -> "most types of fresh fruit and vegetables"

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IELTS Writing Sample

Mandatory Financial Education

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 2

Financial education should be mandatory component of the school program. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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IELTS Writing Word Count and IELTS Writing Time

IELTS Writing Task 1:
Timing: 20 minutes
Minimum word count: 150

IELTS Writing Task 2:
Timing: 40 minutes
Minimum word count: 250

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 1

There are 2 different formats. One is for the Academic module and the other is for the General module. However, for both modules, you will have to produce a writing of 150 words based on the given information.
IELTS Writing Task 1 - General Module
You are supposed to write a letter.
IELTS Writing Task 1 - Academic Module
You will be given a task based on some pictorial or graphic information. You have to describe the information provided.
For More Details: IELTS Writing Task 1

IELTS Writing Sample - Task 2

This task is more difficult than IELTS Writing Task 1
You have to write at least 250 words and, as Task 2 is longer than Task 1, you are advised to spend approximately 40 minutes on this task and 20 minutes on the first task.
You are expected to produce a writing on a given topic and to organise your answer correctly, giving some examples to support your ideas.
For More Details: IELTS Writing Task 2

Give your writing a good structure

1) Introduction is a must. You don't believe you could get a good grade without introduction, do you?

2) Body: 3 paragraphs are also necessary. Three is a magical number. It can do wonders to your overall band score.

3) Conclusion. You do not want to infuse your examiner with a feeling of incompleteness.

A Good Outline before you write is essential

What you are going to write in your essay? Write down the key ideas as short as possible.

An outline sample
Introduction - Topic and opinion in short
Paragraph 1 - staff working conditions are important
Paragraph 2 - employers should research and improve the working conditions
Paragraph 3 - concentrating more on their product is bad
Conclusion - Short summary of paragraphs

How will your essay look like?

Is it everything?

No, the structure you have just seen is a structure for an opinion essay.

What does it mean?

It means there are many different types of essays. If you go through our website, you can see that under IELTS Writing Task 1 and Task 2, there are different categories.
You need to go through each of them and study the structure for the particular writing type.

I do know the structure of an IELTS Writing but why I didn't score high in the exam?

There are many reasons. One of the many reasons is lacking of linking words.
Did you use linking words?
They would make your structure clearer and therefore improve your overal score.

Linking Words or Transitional Words

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This is how your essay is graded

There are 4 components: Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy.

Task Response means to what extend your essay covers the topic. For example, if the topic is "The advantages and disadvantages of globalization", you would have to write about both aspects not just only advantages or just only disadvantages.

Coherence and Cohesion means how well your paragraphs and sentences are connected. If your first paragraph is about advantages of globalisation, you should start your second paragraph with phrases such as "Despite the advantages, there are many disadvantages we should be aware of". Otherwise, your essay is just a list of items which are not related to each other.

Lexical Resource means vocabulary and different types of sentences, simple and complex. You should be able to demonstrate your capability in using English.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy means spelling and grammar of sentences. You should be able to spell the words correctly, do not forget articles “a” and “the”, punctuations is also important.

One more important thing to know: the four criteria are equally weighted. It means that if you forgot about “Coherence and Cohesion” in your essay, you will loose 1/4 of your essay points.