Graph Writing # 97 - Consumption of fish and meat in a European country

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Line Graph:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows the consumption of fish and some 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.

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Consumption of fish and meat in a European country

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.

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Sample Answer 3:
The given line graph compares the fish and meat consumptions by the people of a European country from 1979 to 2004.

As is presented in the graph, the consumption of chicken increased over time while meats of different types were more preferred by people in the given European country than the fishes.

According to the graph, more than 200 grammes of beef was consumed daily by each person initially in 1979. In this year, each person on an average ate 150 grammes of chicken and lambs while the consumption was just over 50 grammes in this year. Over time people preferred chicken and the consumption kept on increasing and reached to over 250 grammes per day by each person. The consumption of beef, lamb decreased over time and finally, in 2004, the average consumption of these two meat types decreased to around 100 grammes per person in a day. The fish consumption remained almost the same throughout the years and slightly decreased over time.

In summary, people started consuming more chicken than beef and lamb and the fish consumption remained almost the same.

Sample Answer 4:
The line graph compares the average consumption of various non-vegetarian delights namely chicken, beef, lamb and fish, over a 25 years period in a European country. A glance at the line graph reveals that the consumption of chicken over time increased noticeably while the fish was the least consumed item during the period.

Now getting back to the details, in 1979 beef was the highly consumed meat with an average intake of 220 grammes per person per week. Thereafter the beef consumption varied for the next 10 years before a steady drop and it halved in 2004. The similar trend was seen in the intake of lamb which was consumed 150 grammes by a person per week and reduced to half of that in the year 2004. Fish consumption by people was the lowest throughout the 25 years period and dropped from an average weekly consumption of 60 grammes in 1979 to 40 grammes in 2004. In contrast, the consumption of chicken grew over the 25 years period and people ate 150 grams of chicken on a weekly basis in 1979 which increased up to 250 grammes in 2004.

[ Written by - Shalley Daniel ]


Sample Answer 5:
The line graph gives information on weekly fish and meat consumption per person in a European country between 1979 and 2004.

In 1979, the most eaten kind of meat was beef and the least one was fish. People in this country ate roughly 225 gm beef per week while such people consumed only 60 gm fish in a week. Beef consumption fluctuated between 1979 and 1984, levelled in nest 5 years and decreased dramatically from 225 gm to 100 gm per week 1989 to 2004. Fish consumption also had been declining from 60 gm to 45 gm in 25 year period.

The other outstanding trends in the consumption of kinds of meat indicated in the graph are chicken and lamb. They had converse directions. In 1979, the weight of consumed chicken by an individual was 140 grammes per week which had been increased significantly to 250 gm per week in 2004. By contrast, people in such European country had diminished drastically their lamb consumption from 150 gm to 60 gm per week in 25 year period.

[ Written by - Gokhan Caliskan ]


Sample Answer 6:
The line graph illustrates the weekly intake of four different types of meat in Europe for a period of 25 years starting from the year 1979. Overall, it can be seen that although there was an increasing trend for the consumption of chicken throughout the period given, the reverse was true for that of beef, lamb and fish.

Initially, in the year1979, the Europeans were keener on eating beef than any other types of meat. It was about 220 grammes of beef being consumed every week. The consumption of lamb, chicken and fish were much lower than beef that is approximately 150 grammes for lamb and chicken and only just above 50 grammes of fish in 1979. A similar pattern can be seen from the graph for the intakes of beef, lamb and fish which showed an overall decreasing trend with some fluctuations in between the years. However, the consumption of beef showed a bigger fluctuation from 1979 to 1994 before starting to decline steadily. On the other hand, the consumption of fish had the smallest fluctuations throughout the period.

Turning to the consumption of chicken, it had an overall increasing trend which contrasts with others. Even though it was consumed only 150 grammes per week by Europeans in 1979, it reached to just below 250 grammes by 2004 which became the most favourable meat in Europe in 2004. Interestingly, fish remained the least favourite meat throughout the time frame, only about 50 grammes of fish consumed per week.

[Written by - Lee Wing Qeen]


Sample Answer 7:
The supplied graph demonstrates fish and meat intake in a European country over a quarter-century, between 1979 and 2004. In general, fish and several kinds of meat consumption per person per week outlined a decrease, however, chicken intake showed a rise.

Looking at the detail, fish was the least consumed over the year observed and remained the lowest among other meat items. Fish started about 60 grammes per person in 1979 and slightly decreased to less than 50 grammes per week in 2004. The same trend was true for lamb and beef consumption which was about 150 grammes and 210 grammes respectively in 1979 and gradually spiked to about 70 grammes and 130 grammes per person per week in 2004 respectively. Although there were some fluctuations and beef was the most favourable meat in 1979, they ended up with a decline in 2004.

On the other hand, chicken intake obviously pointed out an increase. It significantly swelled from about 140 grammes in 1979 to about 240 grammes per person in 2004. It accounted for about 100 grammes improved during the period observed.

[ Written by - Linda ]


Sample Answer 8:
The provided graph illustrates the consumption of fish and three different kinds of meats in a European country between 1979 and 2004. As a general trend, consumption of fish was lowest between 1979 and 2004 and with time people started eating less lamb and beef and preferred chicken more.

It is shown that the consumption of fish remained almost steady between 1979 and 2004 with an average of 50 grammes per person per week. Fish was less consumed compared to lamb, beef and chicken meats. Consumption of beef was the highest among different kinds of meat in 1979 (above 200 grammes/ week) but people started eating more chicken over the time and in 2004 chicken was the most consumed meat with about 250 gm per person weekly consumption. People ate almost the same amount of lamb in 1979 as they ate chicken which was 150 grammes, but unlike chicken, their liking for lamb decreased and the consumption of lamb declined like beef.

Overall it can be said that in 1979 people ate beef the most and fish the least, and in 2004 chicken became the most eaten meat, fish remained at the bottom with least consumption as always.

[ Written by - Priyanka Anchaliya ]

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Yashwanth Reddy
The line graph depicts the amount of fish and meat consumed by people weekly in Europe from 1979 to 2004. Units are measured in grams.

Overall, it can be seen that chicken consumption had an upward trend throughout the time period. In contrast, beef and lamb eaters recorded a downward trend in the given time period.

To begin with, chicken consumption from the years 1979 to 2004 has gradually grown from 149 grams per week to 250 grams, which is exceptionally higher than other meats. Moreover, in the year 1979, beef and lamb consumption gradually went down (about 100 grams and 50 grams, respectively).

Despite the fact that the number of fish eaters decreased at the beginning of the year, from 1984 to 2004, it remained constant. Both chicken and lamb started at around 150 grams in 1979, but the trend shows that chicken eaters increased while lamb eaters decreased.

Çağıl Ceylan
The given graph provides information on the consumption of fish and three kinds of meat including chicken, beef, and lamb in a European country for 25 years commencing from 1979. The units are measured in grams.

Overall, it can be clearly seen that the choice of people has considerably fluctuated for all different kinds of meat whereas fish always remained as less eaten one among all kinds of food over the period.

As is presented on the line chart, the consumption of chicken was just under the lambs, which was roughly 150 grams in 1979. It then climbed significantly and passed the beef consumption figures at the point of nearly 200 grams in around 1989. With over 250 gram per person consumption, the chicken was the most common meat types in different European countries in 2004. Besides, despite being the favourite kind of meat in 1979, beef consumption remarkably declined.

On the other hand, fish consumption was just above 50 grams in the beginning, and over the period, it remained almost constant with slight variation in its consumptions. Furthermore, lamp consumption on average decreased significantly over the period.

Abror Umaraliyev
The graph gives information on how much fish and different kinds of meat products were consumed in a European country for over 25 years. Overall, fish consumptions by the citizens of this country slowly but steadily decreased, while consumptions of chicken grew significantly.

Looking at the details, each person on an average ate 60 gram fish per week in 1979. This consumption decreased to nearly 50 gram in 1984 and thereafter, kept on declining very slowly until it reached below 50 gram per week. Moreover, beef was the most preferred meat type and people in this country ate over 200 gram beef per week which was the highest consumption ration. After a steady fall in beef consumption, it nosedived and reached to just over 100 gram per week in 2004. Lamp consumption, on the other hand, witnessed a simial trend and plunged to around 65-gram consumption in 2004 compared to over 150-gram consumption in 1979.

By contrast, the chicken became the most consumed meat-type over the decade between 1994 and 2004. Its consumption soared to over a quarter kilo per person in a week compared to less than 150-gram consumption ration in 1979.

Thanks for interesting samples, but there were a few mistakes in some samples. Isn't there a model which has been prepared by an examiner or an answer who achieved a band 7.5 score or more?
The line graph demonstrates the quantity of fish and meat intake per person per week in a European country from 1979 to 2004. Units are measured in grams per person per week.

Overall, the chicken was the most preferred meat by the citizens of this country whereas beef and lamb both fell out from the favourite list during the given period.

As is presented, fish was the least preferred among the four items in this Europan country but have been consumed constantly over the given time. Consumption of chicken rose sharply from 150 grams per person per week in the year 1979 to approximately 250 grams in 2004. In contrast, lamb intake experienced more than 100% slump in the 15-year time. Although beef consumption gained momentum after an initial drop and reached its peak during the year 1983, its intake fell gradually and reached lowest around 100 grams in the year 2004. However, fish consumption remained almost persistent and the least preferred throughout the given time from around 60 grams in 1979 to just around 50 grams in the year 2004.

Mona Deyhool
Consumptions of fish, chicken, beef and lamb in one of the European countries during 25 years (1979-2004) are compared in the line graph. Unit is measured by grams used (each week by each person).

Initially, while the amount of consumption of chicken and lamb was about 150 grams per week per person, beef was the most popular meat which was consumed about 210 grams. Fish, when compared, was by far the least eaten (about 70 grams) in 1979. However, during the 25 years, the consumption of beef and lamb dropped significantly with lots of fluctuations to approximately 100 grams and 50 grams respectively. The consumption of fish also declined with much less slop and fluctuations which remained nearly 50 grams.

The consumption of chicken, on the other hand, indicated a gradual incremental trend. Overtaking that of lamb in 1980 and that of beef in1989 it became the most popular meat type. By 2004, it had soared to almost 250 grams per person per week.

The given line graph compares fish and meat consumptions in a European country from 1979 to 2004. The unit is given on the gram scale per person in a week.

It is clear that the consumption of beef, lamb and fish decreased while the consumption of chicken increased noticeably during the given period.

When it comes to the beef eating pattern, one person ate more than 200 grams per week in 1979. It was the highest consumption of any item among the four in this year. There was a relatively small gap between chicken and lamb consumptions in this year. However, in 2004 there was almost 200 grams difference between the consumptions of these two items. Until 1989, beef was the favourite meat type in Europe in terms of its consumption. But afterwards, the chicken replaced it. Despite a significant change in meat consumption, the intake of fish remained almost stable for a half-century. Though fish consumption was lower than the consumption of any other meat item, its popularity among people remained unchanged.