IELTS Writing 12 Topics Sample #1/12 : Health 03

Today, some food travels thousands of miles from farms to consumers. Some people think it would be better to our environment and economy if people only eat local produced food. To what extent do the disadvantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Opinion 1

Nowadays, some food travels thousands of miles in order to reach consumers. I would say that excluding food from other areas is not a wise idea.

There are many advantages to eat locally-produced foods. When people do that, they are supporting local farmers and food producers, making sure that they can earn a sufficient living. This helps the local economy and many people benefit from that Also food that is produced and then consumed locally is often of higher quality than food that is imported from other areas,as it is fresher. And those local foods may be less expensive, as there are only minimal transportation costs involved in getting them to market.

On the other hand, it is important to point out that not all of the foods can be produced locally. Factors such as climate, growing seasons, and soil content may prohibit items from being grown locally. For example, fruits such as pineapples and bananas will not grow in colder climates. It should also be pointed out that when crops and other foods are produced locally, there may be an excess of those items and farmers and food producers will either need to ship those food items to other areas or let them go to waste. The importing and exporting of some foods allows us all to eat a wider variety of nutritional foods. It also gives farmers and other food producers an additional market in which to sell excess foods.

Although there is no doubt that we should buy and consume local foods whenever available.We should realize that some of the foods we need and enjoy cannot be produced locally. In these instances consuming foods from other areas makes sense

Opinion 2

In a globalized world, food transported from one place to another is very common these days. Although people can enjoy multiple choices of food because of this trend, I would argue that this would bring many problems to the society and people should purchase more locally produced food.

Long-distance transported food can cause some environmental problems and economic turbulence. The transportation of food may exacerbate air pollution due to the fact that cars or airplanes will release exhaust emissions. Also, these kinds of food, because of the higher transportation fee, will lead to higher prices and many people may be unable to afford them.The imported food, for example, is much more expensive than local products. As a result, fewer people would buy and the food would expire and become a waste of resources.

In terms of advantages, local food is always fresh as it is sold directly to consumers. In contrast, food travelled thousands of miles has to rely on additives to maintain flavors or freezers to prevent rotting Moreover, purchasing local products can boost economy. These days imported food has become a threat to the local food market. Customers may be attracted by fresh -new foreign food, so local food producers have to work harder to compete for market share. Otherwise the loss of market will lead to the closing down of factories and high unemployment rate. So,it is important to keep people interested in local food.

In conclusion, food travelled long distance will indirectly contaminate the environment and result in higher commodity prices, but local food is not only nutritious and fresh but also great support to economic development. So, people should be encouraged to purchase food produced locally.