WRITING TASK 1 : The changes in food consumption by Chinese people between 1985 and 2010

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows the changes in food consumption by Chinese people between 1985 and 2010.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

 Sample answer:

The graph shows changes in the amount of fish, salt and meat eaten per person per week in China between 1985 and 2010.

From the graph we can see that people in China consumed more fish than either meat or salt throughout the period. In 1985, the consumption of fish stood at 610 grams, then increased to 700 grams in 1990. Although it dipped in 1995, it then rose steadily and reached 850 grams in 2010.

In contrast, there was a consistent drop in salt consumption. The amount consumed decreased steadily from almost 500 grams per person to only 200 grams by 2010. The amount of meat consumed weekly started at about 100 grams. However, this gradually increased throughout the period. By 2010 it was at the same level as the consumption of salt.

Overall, the consumption of fish rose, while the consumption of salt fell. In addition, the consumption of meat, while at a relatively low level, rose significantly during this period.

156 words