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Essay#35 | Food has become easier to prepare

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task..

Write about the following topic:

Nowadays food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people live?

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

Write at least 250 words.

Model answer.

Food is a basic part of life, so it follows that improved methods of food preparation have made our lives better. Nowadays we can prepare meals much faster than we could in the past. We can also enjoy a greater variety of food and eat more healthfully, all because of modern methods of food preparation.

Microwave ovens have made it possible to prepare delicious food quickly. People these days rarely have time to shop and prepare meals the old-fashioned way. We live very fast lives. We are busy working, caring for our families traveling, playing sports, and many other things. Because of microwave ovens, we have time to enjoy a good meal with our family and then play soccer, go to a movie, study, or do anything else we want to afterward.

Modern methods of preserving food have made it possible to enjoy a wide variety of food. Because of refrigerators, freezers, canning, and freeze-drying, we can eat fruits and vegetables that come from far away places. We can prepare a meal one day and save the leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer to eat at another time. We can keep different kinds of food in the refrigerator or on the shelf. It’s easy to always have food available and to be able to eat completely different meals every day.

Healthful eating is easier now than it ever was. Because of modern transportation methods, fresh fruits and vegetables are available all year round. Modern kitchen appliances make it easy to prepare fruits and vegetables for cooking. Bread machines make it possible to enjoy healthful, home-baked bread whenever we like. We can eat fresh and healthful food every day because modern methods have made preparation easy.

Our lifestyle is fast, but people still like good food. New food preparation methods have given us is more choices. Today we can prepare food that is more convenient healthier, and of greater variety than ever before in history.

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Posted by David S. Wills | Feb 10, 2020 | IELTS Tips | 0

IELTS Topics: Food

I have talked often in the past about the importance of learning common IELTS topics . This is probably the best way to learn vocabulary and become familiar with IELTS question types. As such, you should devote some time to reviewing the most common ones:

  • Friends & Family
  • Countryside

There are many more and some are more important than others, but I think that studying in terms of topic is really, really important if you want to learn IELTS quickly and effectively.

Today, we are going to look at another IELTS topic: Food.

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Food: IELTS Topic or Sub-topic?

It is debatable whether something is a topic or sub-topic in IELTS, and to be honest I don’t think it is very important. However, I will try to explain a little about what I mean.

There are some broad topics such as society and technology, but then there are more specific ones like crime and computers. You could argue that the latter are sub-topics of the former, or you could argue that they are individual topics themselves!

But does it really matter? Probably not.

The important thing is that you learn as many of these as possible because they are what the IELTS organisers will use to pick questions and materials for the test. You are never going to get a question about chemistry, calculus, or metaphysics… but there is a good chance that you will have questions about crime or computers!

It is also important to note that sometimes topics over-lap. We can consider “technology” and “childhood” to be separate topics, but of course you could be asked a question about whether we should allow children to use computers or whether the internet should be used in a classroom. In other words, IELTS topics are not mutually exclusive. They can be combined to create questions.

But what about “food”? Does it have any sub-topics?

Food, Cooking, Restaurants

In the past, I have talked about food on this website. I have talked about both restaurants and cooking , which could definitely be considered sub-topics of food . I would say that they are distinct from food but obviously related so it might be worthwhile studying them together.

Here are some old articles about food:

  • Describe a restaurant
  • Cooking vocabulary
  • How to avoid saying delicious

I also made a video to help you with the IELTS speaking part 2 cue card, “describe a restaurant.” You can see it here:

Food in the IELTS Exam

So when might food be discussed in the IELTS exam? This is a good question because it can help focus your studies. In my experience, it could potentially occur at any point in the exam, but it is most common in the speaking part.

Yes, you may find a reference to food in the listening test and you might have an article about food for the reading part, but these aren’t terribly common and I don’t think that knowing how to talk about food will really be a massive help. Instead, it’s more likely to appear in the speaking or writing tests.

Speaking about Food for IELTS

I find that the topic of food is most common in the IELTS speaking test. Here, there are many questions that could possibly occur in either parts one, two, or three. For part one, they will be simple questions in a conversational tone, usually referring to your preferences. For example:

  • What kind of food do you like?
What do you normally have for dinner?
  • Do you always eat breakfast?
  • Do you usually eat dinner alone or with other people?
  • What sort of food don’t you like?
  • Do you think you eat enough fruits and vegetables?
  • Do you have any food allergies?
  • Can you cook?
  • Do you prefer homecooked meals or eating in a restaurant?

There are many, many possible questions and those are just a few. As you can see, some of them involve cooking and others involve the place where we eat. You can consider them sub-topics, but they are definitely part of the greater topic of food.

For part two, you would encounter a cue card that asks you to describe something. Again, this could be a meal, a restaurant, or anything else related to the topic of food. For example:

  • Describe a meal you ate…
  • Describe a restaurant you like…

It is worth practising these sorts of questions before your test, but never try to memorise answers or you will be disappointed. The wording of these cue cards always changes and so you may not notice a subtle difference. For example, it could be a meal you ate recently, a meal you’d like to eat, or a meal that you know how to cook. These would require different answers.

As for part three, these usually involve greater issues such as society, gender, age, and so on. Your questions will often involve abstract or complex issues such as:

  • How can people be encouraged to eat more healthily?
  • Should fast-food companies be allowed to advertise to children?
  • What are the benefits of eating a balanced diet?

These questions usually require a little thought before you answer them because they are not simply matters of opinion. You must also justify your answer in order to get a good score. It is not enough to simply state a fact; you need to then explain it, give an example, and possibly even state some sort of summary or conclusion.

Food in IELTS Writing

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Although it is most common in the speaking test, you might also find food appearing in the writing test. This could theoretically be in task one, although you would not need much food vocabulary to answer it. This would be related to a line graph, bar chart, pie chart, or possibly a process diagram. In the case of the latter, it would be a diagram that shows you how something is made, such as a pie.

It is more likely, though, that you would encounter the IELTS topic of food in task two, where you would have questions that probably cross over with society. Here are a few examples of food-based questions that I have encountered:

Convenience foods will become increasingly prevalent and eventually replace traditional foods and traditional methods of preparation. To what extent extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
In some countries, an increasing number of people are suffering from health problems as a result of eating too much fast food. It is therefore necessary for governments to impose a higher tax on this kind of food. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Countries should try to produce all the food for the population and import as little food as possible. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In spite of the advances made in agriculture, many people around the world still go hungry. Why is this the case? What can be done about this problem?
With a growing population, many people believe that we should focus on producing more GM foods. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this?

As you can see, the possibilities are varied and there are different question types that could occur. It is impossible to prepare for these by remembering the questions and hoping that they appear… so the best thing to do is study for the topic of food instead.

IELTS Food Vocabulary

I am always reluctant to recommend that people learn vocabulary in terms of lists because I think it creates new problems. If you don’t know how to use a word, it’s difficult to put it correctly into a sentence. Yet when it comes to IELTS, it is worth learning vocabulary in terms of topic. This can help you to relate words in your mind and use them accurately. This is true for learning IELTS food vocabulary.

Obviously, the language that you learn here is going to vary from person to person. I come from Scotland, so maybe I should know the word “haggis,” but for 99% of the world’s population, it is not a necessary word! 😅 That is because this food is specific to my country and it would never appear in an IELTS question. I would only bring it up if the question talked about traditional foods.

Therefore, when it comes to learning the names of food items, you should learn those that you think you would talk about. For example:

  • Foods you really like
  • Ones that you don’t like at all
  • Foods that come from your country
  • Famous foods around the world
  • Common or important ingredients

It is worth learning words that relate strongly to food, such as the items in a kitchen, dining room, or restaurant, and also the words we use for cooking. This vocabulary will of course vary slightly from culture to culture, but there are some constant ones like “boil,” “fry,” “stir,” and so on. Here is a video of IELTS cooking vocabulary:

How to Talk About Food for IELTS

If you are asked about food, then you should give an honest answer and use the language that you know how to use. Don’t try to use fancy language or tell the examiner what they want to hear. The best way to perform in IELTS is just to be natural and say what you know.

Let’s look back to one of the examples from part one of the speaking test and see how we could answer it:

To this answer, I would want to say that I don’t eat the same thing every day, but then given an example of something that I commonly eat. I think that this tells the truth and also shows the examiner that I have knowledge of the right vocabulary for this topic.

I might say:

Well, it’s hard to say because I don’t have the same thing every night, but I suppose I eat pasta at least once a week. I like it because it’s a versatile dish and I can make it totally different each time by putting in different ingredients like broccoli, bacon, or cheese.

What is so good about this answer? I have not said too much but I said enough to show that I knew the vocabulary and grammar necessary to answer the question fully. I have mentioned a main kind of food (pasta) and three ingredients (broccoli, bacon, cheese). Again, this will totally depend on your personal preferences and you shouldn’t waste time learning words like “bacon” if you don’t eat it in your culture. I have also used a nice adjective-noun combination with “versatile dish.” This would please the examiner but only if used correctly. Don’t use “difficult” words just for the sake of it.

As for the writing test, you will be more closely scrutinised for your vocabulary and grammar. This requires a greater range of language as well as accuracy, so it’s more of a challenge. (That’s why most people find writing to be the hardest part of the test.)

We shall now look at one of the sample questions from above:

Convenience foods will become increasingly prevalent and eventually replace traditional foods and traditional methods of preparation. To what extend extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Here is what I would write in my second paragraph:

The first and most obvious reason why ready-to-eat meals are not going to become staple foods is that they are generally unhealthy, or at least less healthy than traditional home-cooked meals. Food that we buy from fast food outlets or convenience stores often tastes very good, but it is usually heavily flavoured with salt and sugar, and possibly with other chemicals whose effects on the human body may be damaging. In some cases, these may even be addictive. The calorific value of this kind of food is often extremely high, too, which means that people who frequently eat fast food tend to become overweight or develop conditions like diabetes. For this reason, people will eventually shun them or they will be outlawed by governments that are fed-up with shouldering rising healthcare costs.

Notice some of the useful language I have used. This range of language tells the examiner that I am totally familiar with the topic:

  • ready-to-eat meals
  • staple foods
  • home-cooked meals
  • fast food outlets
  • calorific value

I have also used combinations of words that show a familiarity with the language. I have said things like “heavily flavoured with salt and sugar” and “tend to become overweight or develop conditions like…” These may seem simple, but they are often misused. Being able to put those words into sentences correctly is far more important than knowing so-called advanced vocabulary.

Advice on Studying Food Vocabulary

If you want to learn more words about food and develop the correct grammar structures to use these words, then please avoid searching Google for “IELTS food vocabulary” and so on. It is much better to read books or articles about food and find those words organically.

Another great way to learn this sort of vocabulary is to look at cooking sites or videos and pick it up from there. Try watching some YouTube videos of Jaime Oliver or Nigella Lawson and listening to their use of the English language. You can also search the BBC Food website for more ideas.

The reason that I suggest you avoid typical websites for learning English is that many of them teach you long lists of vocabulary but without explaining how it should be used. These websites are also run by people who do not speak English perfectly and so they tend to share words that are not commonly used. I would strongly recommend that you learn new language in context from native speakers rather than non-native people online.

If you have any questions about IELTS and food, just post them in the comment section below and I will try to answer for you.

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Demand for food is increasing worldwide. What is the cause of this? What measures can the international community take to meet this demand?

Cause and Solution Essay

Introduction

Paraphrase the topic.

All the questions on the topic will be answered in succeeding paragraphs.

Body Paragraphs

What are the primary causes for the increase in food demand worldwide?

What can be done to meet this demand?

Summarize the topic by mentioning the main causes and the possible solution.

Sample Essay

Food is one of the most basic necessities of a human being and the demand for food on a global scale has invariably been following an upwards trajectory for the past few years. Although there are various facets to this issue, the demand for food as a commodity is always reaching new heights to the point where it leads to a crisis and mass hunger in some cases. In the following essay, I will discuss the questions posed by the given topic regarding the causes and possible solutions to this issue.

When probing for causes for this surge in demand for food worldwide, an obvious reason that any rational individual can deduce is overpopulation. It is a very simple fact that more people will require more food and with the global population standing strong at 7.8 billion, it is quite evident that it is the primary reason for this increase in the worldwide demand for food. Although improving living standards is not a negative issue in itself, it has also been a catalyst in expanding food demand worldwide. Since the standard income of people from countries such as China, India, and Brazil has increased in the past few years, the demand for better living conditions, including better food and meals, has also grown. The rapidly escalating population and more disposable income can be deemed the root causes for the increase in demand for food worldwide.

Although the answer to this problem can be to produce more food, the solution is not as black and white as it may sound. Efforts from the international community alone will not suffice in curbing this rise in demand for food. Efforts from governments and other interest groups are also necessary. Governments should focus more on the agricultural sector and allocate more resources to improve the food industry and research and development of better farming and food production techniques.

I would like to conclude by saying that the causes behind the increasing demand for food are multifaceted and diverse, just like the intensity and seriousness of the issue is varied in different regions of the world, with the principal cause being overpopulation. This demand for food can only be met by increasing the food production itself, which can be achieved when the agricultural and other food-related sectors and industries are invested in and improved upon.

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Good teachers will not only ask IELTS students to write essays, they will also try to check whether the level and knowledge of vocabulary and grammar awareness is adequate to produce an IELTS Band 6, 7 or 8 essay.

Using tests to check IELTS vocabulary and grammar.

A very good way that teachers can check how much a candidate can produce is by construction awareness tests like the following examples.

This test looks at producing a describing a process or diagram  IELTS essay.

A further advantage is students can gain a good understanding of organisation, sentence structure and language choices suitable for IELTS academic writing as well as an enhanced awareness of topic ideas.

This is far better than the passive activity of reading and reviewing essays themselves , a technique often suggested by teachers of IELTS.

Instructions

Writing is a creative process and there is no one way to write an essay.

  • Read and complete the essay.
  • Once you have completed, check the answers .
  • Reset the essay to the beginning and see how much and how quickly you can now complete the modal writing.

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IELTS Essay: Food Shortage and Solution

05/25/2022 11:27 AM

Agree or Disagree

In this essay type, you have to agree or disagree. Often times students make the mistake to write about both, where you shouldn't. Pick ONE side ( agree or disagree ) and stick to it in the whole essay .

You are supposed to have a strong opinion defending or being against the idea. Provide logical ideas and creative examples on why you have that strong opinion.

What is a GMF?

Genetically modified food (GMF) is food that has changes in its DNA using the method of genetic engineering . Thanks to this method, new traits can be introduced to a type of plant or animal to control its growth, shape, size, smell, taste, appearance, etc.

For example:

Naturally grown apples look different, have a weak yellow coloring, the taste may be sweet or sour, their size is definitely smaller than commercial apples, the shape is oftentimes distorted , etc.

Commercial apples (GM apples)  are perfectly round, perfectly red on every side, taste only sweet, and can be grown in very large sizes.

All of this change was done thanks to generic modifications of the apple. The main reason for the change is mass production of the same product and eventually higher profits for the corporation or farmer. People would most often buy only "perfect apples" instead of the other "leftover" food.

This can be applied to every other fruit or vegetable, as all of them have been modified in one way or another.

Food Shortage: Why?

 There are many reasons why we might have a food shortage in certain areas around the world, and those can include geography , economic conditions , corruption of governments , wars ,  worldwide distribution , and many more. Before we answer the question above, we should learn about the whole problem of food shortage, what causes it and what can be done about it.

Let's take a look at a few reasons and then discuss solutions.

Reason 1: Distribution

One of the biggest reasons for food shortage is probably distribution or moving resources from one place to another. As the world transportation system is controlled tightly by a few global transportation monopolies , they oftentimes would straight up refuse to ship food around the world, simply because they won't be able to make a profit on that transportation. This creates a bottleneck system where food remains stuck at certain places in the world and has to be consumed only there.

Reason 2: Overconsumption and Waste

This is a huge problem in developed countries . In countries like the USA , China , or some developed European nations , people overconsume food to a huge extent . There is a growing problem with obesity , which comes directly from huge portions , a vast amount of fast food, snacks , and sweet delights . Food waste is a ridiculous problem as well , where restaurants and huge fast food chains throw out tons and tons of food daily , as they are unable to sell or do anything with it. 

Reason 3: Geography and Climate Change

It is a non-debatable fact that climate change is here and it is affecting agriculture all around the world. The countries hit the hardest will be the ones along the equator , but the effect will be felt all around the world. This will affect heavily crops yield and reduce the number of food resources available in the world. With the weather changing constantly , we might not be able to engineer crops quickly enough for them to grow well in those changing conditions .

Reason 4: Capitalism and Profit

This problem is somewhat related to the first one about distribution. The main issue that creates world hunger is greed , monopolies , and unchecked capitalism . As wealthy countries and individuals control the means of production for food, they keep prices high and this keeps poor nations or societies hungry. It is so bad that in many cases large producers of meat or vegetables are willing to destroy their production, only to keep prices high or keep selling entirely  to wealthy nations .

Solution 1: Distribution

The problems with distribution are linked directly to capitalism and globalization . The world should have never allowed for huge monopolies to control the flow of goods in and out of countries. What can be done is perhaps treating these huge transportation companies with either incentive (rewards) for shipping food or punishing them heavily for refusal. They are supposed to be a public good , and there should be strong government action against all sorts of monopolies , no matter where they come from.

Solution 2: Overconsumption and Waste

A solution for this is again government control . It sounds like a loss of freedom or loss of independence , but there should be strict and dramatic control of diet and food in the developed nations . Restaurants and food chains should not be allowed to make huge portions that could in any normal time feed a whole family, and sell that to a single person. All of that is done because of greed and carelessness for human health . Moreover , food waste should be fought vigorously , and all types of wasteful companies should be held accountable . Those resources of food can go and should go to other people, instead of being wasted and destroyed .

Solution 3: Geography and Climate Change

This is going to be one of the toughest challenges . Fertile soil naturally occurs in only some areas around the world, while other areas have scarce or non-existent . The solution is obviously international cooperation . Countries that are unlucky to have low-yielding soil or shifting climate patterns , have to receive generous help from luckier nations. This whole process should be transparent , cheap , and effective , in order to support those nations' development and avoid mass migrations .

Solution 4: Capitalism and Profit

This is a very tough problem to solve, as power is absolutely in the hands of the rich and powerful . There should be a system , or an international institution that is neutral from governments and corruption , and has the power to block , ban , control , or persuade companies and producers in any nation, no matter if they are in a powerful or weak nation, to change their attitude and prices . This type of organization should be profit free , focusing on securing equal nutrition across all nations of the world. It is a long shot , and probably will never happen, but it is one type of solution.

These are a few ideas in general when writing about food shortages and starvation . In our case here, the topic discusses " gene-modified food " and whether it is an adequate solution . If you agree with the statement, then you need to provide the benefits of GM food. Some benefits can be:

Mass Production - gene-modified food allows mass production of one type one style "uniform" crops that can yield more than traditional crops. ( Example: Corn being mass-produced in the USA and used as anything from biofuel, sweetener, staple food, etc.)

Adaptability - changing the gene of foods improves their durability, their ability to grow in unfriendly environments, and their ability to adapt to changing climates. ( example: rice being modified in china and being planted in all sorts of environments including flooded humid areas in the south, dry and hot locations in the north, mountainous regions, and even in salty seawater)., appeal - although that's not in their interest, humans like perfection and are willing to spend more to buy perfectly looking vegetables and fruit, rather than the naturally-grown imperfect variants. ( example: think perfectly looking apples, bananas, watermelons, huge cucumbers, perfectly round and red tomatoes, etc.).

However, if you disagree , you can use the reasons and solutions above. You can say that even though gene-modified foods are on the rise , massive companies still hold monopoly rights to these foods and technology which will prevent the food to reach the people that need it the most. The technology is definitely good, but it won't change geography , capitalism , or human greed , which is the underlined problem in this case. It is not that the world doesn't have food, it is that we don't want to share it at affordable prices with everyone.

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Example Essay:

"One of the most important issues facing the world today is a shortage of food and some think genetically modified foods are a possible solution"

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Vocabulary related to the topic

Sentence starters and linking words, idioms and phrases, introduction.

The idea of a food shortage seems somewhat alien to people from the developed world , especially those living in large megacities . However, predominantly in the last decade , big forces like climate change , international conflicts , economic failure , and income disparities have brought up the topic into the mainstream again. Some believe that genetically modified crops are the solution to this crisis , and although being a net benefit to society , I’d have to disagree, as this innovation does not solve the overarching issues of distribution and human greed . I will provide a few reasons in this essay supporting my decision.

Vocabulary:

the developed world  - wealthy, rich countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, the UK, and more.

large megacities - cities with huge populations like Shanghai, New York, Los Angelis, Berlin, London, etc.

a decade - 10 years

a big force - something strong and powerful that affects the world

climate change - the change and rise of temperatures in the world

international conflict - fights, arguments, and misunderstandings between countries

economic failure - having problems with the economy, having economic crises

income disparity - income gap, large differences between the top earners and the bottom earners

mainstream - popular, in the spotlight , being discussed by many people 

crops - food that grows on the ground, vegetables and grains

a crisis - a big problem with a country or the world

*IDIOM* - a net benefit - an absolute benefit, a positive development

innovation - improvement of something, making something better, more efficient, cheaper, and so on.

overarching - above all, the most important, the top

distribution - the spread, transportation, delivery, and sharing of resources

greed - the constant need for financial gain, that can never be satisfied

Linking Phrases / Sentence Beginners:

The idea of __________ seems   __________  ,especially __________.

However, predominantly _________, have brought up the topic into _________.

Some believe that __________, and although __________, I'd have to disagree, as __________. 

I will provide a few reasons in this essay supporting my decision.

Paragraph 1

Initially, it may seem that genetically modified crops can be an easy solution to the crisis . After all , they can grow quickly, they can be mass-produced easily, they can yield more than traditional crops and that means we can feed everyone around the world with ease . This whole picture is wrong, as simply producing a lot does not mean that that food can be shared evenly across the world. It is a well-known fact that most rich and wealthy nations like the US , Canada , France , or Germany hold monopoly power on many new technologies. Not only that, but they protect that monopoly power of their mega-corporations and that means that this technology cannot and will not be shared with the rest of the world. What good is creating these amazing technologies, if they are not shared with any nation that actually needs them? In this case , wealthy nations overproduce and hoard resources , including food, and develop huge problems with rising obesity , while other nations suffer from malnutrition . It is an unjust system that needs to be changed, in order to help feed the world and not just the rich part of it.

solution - a way to fix something, a way to solve something

*IDIOM* - with ease - very easy, effortlessly

mass-produced  - something that can be made quickly and on a large scale, making thousands or hundreds of thousands of things quickly

yield - the amount of produced crops (vegetables, fruit, grain)

traditional crops - non-gene-modified crops, organic crops

*IDIOM* -to hold monopoly power - to have full control of a system and to try to keep that control for yourself 

mega-corporations  - a multinational corporation (company), a company that has unlimited resources and power

to overproduce  - to make more than needed

to hoard resources  - to collect and keep resources only for yourself, without sharing, to pile up

obesity - becoming unhealthily fat

malnutrition  - to consume very less nutrients because of a lack of good quality food

unjust system - a system that is unfair or lacks fairness for everyone

Initially,it may seem that _________.

After all  _________.

This whole picture is wrong as ,  _________.

It is a well-known fact that _________.

Not only that but _________ and that means that _________.

What good is  _________, if they are not _________.

In this case _________ , while _________.

It is __________, in order to _________ and not just _________.

Paragraph 2

Secondly, the problem with genetically-modified food is that of distribution . There is a massive waste of food happening in the developed world which is clearly presented by the fast-food industry . Daily, millions of tons of actually edible , quality food are being trashed , fed to animals , burned , destroyed , or used for biofuel , instead of feeding people. This is a problem with monopolies and distribution . Often times shipping monopolies refuse to ship food from one country to another, as there is low or no profit on those shipments. Food monopolies produce a lot, however , they would prefer to destroy their own production , rather than drop the price , as profits and making money is always above feeding those in need . In a way , the food distribution and supply system are absolutely broken and unjust , and that solidifies the case that genetically-modified food won’t save the world. In fact, it might create a larger problem with waste , rather than feeding everyone in need.

distribution  - the sharing, shipping, and transportation of resources

waste of food - inefficient use of food

the fast-food industry - the big companies in the fast-food industry like KFC, Mcdonald's, Burger King, etc.

edible - able to eat, good for eating

to be trashed - to be destroyed or thrown in the trash

biofuel - fuel made of plants like corn or other grains

shipping monopolies - companies that control the shipping industry

to ship - to send something by sea

to profit - to gain money out of something

to drop the price - to reduce the price, to lower the price

profits - financial gain, money

a supply - the making and bringing of goods to the  goods market

Secondly, the problem with  _________.

There is a massive _________.

Daily, millions of tons of _________, instead of _________.

This is a problem with   __________.

Often times __________, as  __________,

__________,  however they would prefer to  _________, rather than __________, as _________ is always above _________.

In a way __________, and that solidifies the case that __________.

In fact, it might __________, rather than __________.

In a word , the world suffers from unjust , corrupt systems of food supply, and that is one of the main reasons for a food shortage. As climate change and global conflicts build up steam , we are faced with this unparallel challenge – should we feed the needy , or simply close down and focus on our own. The world needs a better system of international cooperation and understanding , that fights  monopolies  rigorously , shares technology with kindness , and utilizes genetically-modified foods, in order to lift up nations all around the globe . Hopefully, we can achieve that in the foreseeable future .

*This essay was written in 30 minutes . It is quite long but gives a deep and thoughtful discussion on the problems of food supply and production. 

unjust - unfair, not normally right

corrupt system -dishonest behavior by the people operating the system, seeking large amounts of money in order to function or making favors

unparallel challenge  - unmatched, inconceivable, unprecedented challenge

*IDIOM* - to build up steam - to increase speed (from steam trains), to accelerate, to grow quickly

the needy - the poor, those in need

international cooperation - countries working together hand in hand , helping and supporting each other

a monopoly  - a company or few companies that have full control over one industry and control the price, production, and everything else

*IDIOM* - to lift (people) up  - to improve the lives of people

rigorous  - hard and strong, without any rest

to utilize  - to use effectively and efficiently

nations - countries

the globe - the world, Earth

foreseeable - predictable, one that can be seen, near or close to our time (future) (10-20 years)

In a word  _________, and that is one of the main reasons for _________.

As _________, we are faced with  __________.

Hopefully, we can achieve _________.

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IELTS essay, topic: Nowadays many people choose ready-made food and refuse to cook at home, why and what are the advantages/disadvantages?

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Nowadays many people choose ready-made food and refuse to cook at home. Why do you think it happens? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a choice?

It is a very popular practice in the modern society to order ready-made food from restaurants, rather than cooking at home. The main reasons for such a tendency may be cheap prices in some restaurants and people’s desire to save some time . Even though ordering food some obvious advantages, its disadvantages should not be underestimated.

On the one hand, ordering prepared food may be the best choice for a busy person, who does not have time for cooking and cleaning. Cooking food at home requires a considerable amount of time, moreover the cleaning process may take even more time and resources than cooking itself. For example, cooking a simple dish such as chicken with rice home requires significant amounts of water and electricity for electrical appliances such as the oven and dishwasher. Hence, having an opportunity to order food from a restaurant will save a lot of time, electricity and water.

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On the other hand, delegating the process of cooking to some restaurant a dramatic disadvantage of not having the information about the ingredients used in the meals. With high demand, grow the volumes of required products, which sometimes can affect the quality of purchased produce. For example, it is a very common practice in some restaurants to make salads from products that are about to go bad and mask the rotten scent by adding some chemicals and spices. Hence, some restaurants may use poor quality products or chemicals for boosting taste and preservatives, which may have a negative effect on the customer’s health in the long run.

In conclusion, ordering food from restaurants may be a tempting choice for people who have no time for cooking at home, but this approach has a critical disadvantage of being not informed about the ingredients used in the meal, which can have destructive consequences.

This response covers the task requirements by giving a reason why people would choose to buy ready-made food and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of this trend. The ideas are conveyed quite clearly and supported by examples, paragraphing helps to present the information in a neat and easy to follow way, and the level of coherence is adequate in this essay. A range of complex sentence forms and advanced vocabulary is used and there are very few instances of erroneous grammar or inaccurate expressions (see corrections underlined in blue). Overall, this essay is likely to score Band 8 in IELTS.

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Fast food IELTS sample essay with vocabulary

Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This IELTS essay on fast food gives the advantages and disadvantages of this type of meal.

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Fast food is increasingly popular in large cities. compare the advantages and disadvantages of this type of food and give your own opinion. .

Despite many healthy eating campaigns, demand for junk food has skyrocketed in recent years. In this essay, I will explore the advantage that this food is affordable with the disadvantage to consumers’ health. 

To begin, fast food allows people to grab a quick bite to eat without spending too much money. As the world has been hit by inflation and stagnant wage growth over the last year, more and more consumers have been unable to find affordable meals on the go . If someone finds themselves in this situation, fast food can help them to afford to eat. Furthermore, for parents, who are deeply affected by price rises, many fast food restaurants have multi-buy meal deals which are suitable for a whole family and which can help them cope. 

However, regular fast food consumption is damaging for those who eat it. Because these foods are prepared in bulk , they rarely use fresh ingredients and often use additives, which can have a negative impact on people’s health. Furthermore, as the quality of the ingredients cannot be high while keeping prices low, these foods often rely on sugar and fats to make them taste better than they otherwise would. For example, compared to an organic homemade burger, a burger from a fast food chain is likely to be full of chemicals, use poor quality meat and bread, and use more sugar and fat than is necessary.

To conclude, fast food is beneficial as it helps people to eat without breaking the bank . However, it also can be damaging to consumer’s health. For me, given that for many, the alternative to fast food is to not be able to afford to eat, fast food has more advantages than disadvantages.

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  15. IELTS Essay: Fast Food, Families, Nutrition & the Environment (5

    2. In the past, it was common for individuals to spend time eating a family meal so that parents and children could share quality time together. 3. Fast food does not make this impossible, however, consumers are more likely to eat fast food while driving, watching television, or outside the home. 4.

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    The given graph shows the consumption of fast food in the UK (per week) from 1970 to 1990. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Fast food is a part of life in many places and as a result, this leads to bad effects in lifestyle and diet.

  18. IELTS Essay: Genetically Modified Foods

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  19. IELTS Essay # 1161

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  20. IELTS Essay: Food Shortage and Solution

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