IELTS Academic Task 1 Sample Answer: Line Graph

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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.

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The line graph shows information about the amount of chicken, beef, lamb and fish eaten in a European country.  The period begins in 1979 and ends in 2004.

Overall, chicken was the most popular meat consumed over the period.  It began at quite a low level - around 150 grams per person per week (gpw) - but recorded a strong upward trend, finishing at 250 gpw.

From 1979 to 1984 beef showed a generally upward trend and was the most popular meat consumed (around 230gpw).  However, from around 1987 to 2004 there was a strong, fluctuating downward trend – falling from around 230gpw to 120gpw.  Although beef was more popular than lamb, lamb showed a similar decreasing, fluctuating trend – falling from around 150gpw in 1979 to around 60gpw in 2004.

Fish started at around 60gpw in 1979 and remained stable throughout the whole period – finishing at around 40gpw in 2004.

In summary, it is clear that chicken was the most popular meat consumed followed by beef, lamb and fish.

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