Task 1 (Line Graph) – Consumption of fish and meat in a European country

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The graph below shows the consumption of fish and different kinds of meat in a European country between 1979 and 2004.

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

Write at least 150 words.


Sample Answer 1:

The line graph compares the amount of fish, chicken, beef and lamb people in a European country consumed weekly per person over a period of 25 years.

From 1979 to 2004, the consumption of fish in this European country had always been far less than meat with a steady amount of approximately 50 grammes per week per person. As for the trends of meat consumption, the chicken had risen to become the most eaten meat in the year of 2004 compared with the gradual decrease of beef and lamb.

Despite a small spike appeared in 1984 for beef consumption, the line illustrates a general downward trend, making it the second most eaten meat in the year of 2004 whereas beef was the most consumed meat per week dropped from around 225 grams to 100 grams per person, showing a decrease of 125 grams for these 25 years.

People in this European country ate roughly 150 grammes of chicken or lamb per week /per person in 1979. However, 25 years after 1979, the consumption of chicken rose significantly to around 250 grammes per week while the amount of lamb consumed dropped to a little higher than 50 grammes weekly. The opposite trend between chicken and lamb consumption eventually made a gap of 100 grammes in 2004.

[ Written by – Chen Emma ]

Model Answer 2:

The line graph compares weekly consumption of four different eatables (i.e. beef, chicken, lamb and fish) in a European country from 1979 to 2004.

Overall, it can be seen from the line graph that the consumption of meat and fish decreased during the period of 25 years with the exception of chicken.

It can be seen from the graph that in 1979, the consumption of beef was the highest at around 220 grams per person per week. After that, however, the consumption decreased gradually to nearly 170 grams in 1984 and rose again marginally in 1984, before falling dramatically to just above 100 grams in 2004. Similarly, lamb’s consumption decreased slightly over the period of 25 years, decreasing from 150 grams to approximately 70 grams by 2004.

By contrast, the consumption of chicken, which was 150 grams in 1979, increased steadily till 1999, after which it rose significantly and reached a peak of 250 grams by 2004. But, fish remained unpopular throughout the period with a little decline of 10 grams from just over 60 gram per person intake.

[Written by – Vicky]

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