IELTS Writing Actual Test 13/04/2019 (Traditional vs Modern Diets)

Task 1

Plan A below shows the ground floor of a particular art gallery in 2005. Plan B shows the same area in the present day.

The pictures illustrate changes which have taken place in a particular art gallery from 2005 to the present.

Overall, the layout of the art gallery has been significantly changed, particularly on the left-hand side of the building. A number of existing features have been renovated and converted, while a number of new facilities have been added to the building in general.

In 2005, there was a café and shop in the rear-left corner of the building. However, the café has been removed and the room is now strictly a gallery shop. Meanwhile, the three exhibition rooms on the right-hand side of the building remain unchanged, and a new lift has been installed next to exhibition room 3, making the stairway to the upper floor smaller.

The gallery office, which was situated between exhibition room 4 and the old café, has also been removed and the area is now occupied by three vending machines. Exhibition room 4 has now been divided into two different areas; a temporary exhibition room and a children’s play area. Meanwhile, the reception desk has been moved closer to the centre of the entrance hall, while a wheelchair ramp has been added to the front entrance.

Task 2

In many countries, people like to eat a wider range of food that cannot be grown in their local place. Therefore, much of the food people eat today has to come from other regions.

Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh disadvantages?

SAMPLE Answer:

These days, it is quite common for people to eat foods that are not, or cannot, be grown or produced where they live. As a consequence, large quantities of food are either transported long distances within a country or imported from other countries. This essay will review some of the advantages and disadvantages of this trend.

Thanks to globalisation, the increase in efficient transportation between and within countries, and a growing trend in food culture, people can now enjoy a vast array of foods like never before. This trend has many advantages. Firstly, having access to a wide variety of foods from different regions can provide people with a highly nutritious diet that can help to promote health and prevent disease. (1) For example, some kinds of nutrient-rich berries that can only be grown in Asia can now be enjoyed by people all over the world. Furthermore, with such a growing interest in exotic foods and food culture, people can experience a range of cuisine without leaving their own town or city.

However, this trend also comes with a number of disadvantages. For example, some communities around the world where exotic and rare foods are grown are losing their own access to their food sources. When demand for a certain food increases, the price also increases, and people in poorer countries where the food is grown can sometimes not afford to buy it anymore. (2) Another problem with this trend is that the constant transportation of foods over long distances contributes to climate change due to the large amount of carbon emissions produced by transportation. (3) And lastly, many foods that are transported long distances need to be treated with chemicals and preservatives which make them less healthy to consume. (4)

Overall, although there are many benefits to having access to a wide variety of foods, personally, I believe that the disadvantages of this trend outweigh the advantages.

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