IELTS Essay - Improving Living Standards
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Many countries aim to improve their living standard by economic development, but some important social values are lost as a result.
Do you think the advantages of economic development outweigh the disadvantages?
It is argued that in course of economic growth some essential social values get damaged, despite an increase in quality of life. Since the beginning of human history people have adopted a goal to have a wealthier and happier life. However, these two do not always come together and sometimes they even contradict each other. In the next two paragraphs of this essay I shall discuss pros and cons of economic development from perspective of social values.
Benefits of economic progress are undeniable for many reasons. Firstly, common welfare is one of the indicators of humans' satisfaction. From my own observations, I can tell that people are happier and more proactive during times of economic prosperity, compared to the period of the financial crisis, such as the Global Crisis of 2008. Secondly, there is a direct link between poverty rates and frequency of law breaches. For example, as per official statistics of New York Police, Bronx has been recognized to be both one of the poorest and the most criminal counties of the city.
From the other hand, while chasing material benefits people often forget about social and humanistic values. In other words, the more emphasize people make on earning money, the less attention they pay to social aspects of life. It is a usual practice for those living in urban areas to gradually replace human interaction with more and more hours spent at work. As a result, they become antisocial and serve a poor example to the younger generation, forming an ever-evolving cycle. Various studies have shown that people, who live in metropolitan areas are more depressed, than those living in smaller towns.
To conclude, every issue has more than one sides and this matter is not an exception either. However, after consideration of both advantages and disadvantages of the influence that economic development has on the social part of our lives, I can state that in my opinion the benefits overweigh drawbacks.
Improving Quality of Life Essay
by Hella Rohan
(Abu Dhabi )
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People living in the twenty-first century generally have a better quality of life than people who lived in previous centuries.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
As we have already stepped into the 21st century, it is inevitably true that enormous changes like advances in technology, heath care, and transportation will bring enormous improvement in the quality of life of people compared to the older centuries. This essay will highlight some of the quality of life improvements in the medical and transportation field in the modern era.
Development in the medical field has made the biggest impact on the lives of people in the modern era. To start with, diagnosis of severe diseases is straightforward as a consequence of advanced technological apparatuses and innovative devices. Secondly, finding a cure to a deadly flu or virus is less complicated in the twenty-first century, this is due to the constant research done by the scientists and having a flexible means of communication between the researchers of different countries. Lastly, the percentage of the people dying to medical illness has significantly reduced over the decades, due to the advances made in the medical field, hence improving the quality of life for people.
Another visible quality of life improvement has been done in the transportation field through technological advancements. In the modern era, millions of people are travelling daily from one continent to the other in matter of hours. Travelling is faster, more reliable and cheaper today compared to a decade ago. Additionally, the advancements in transportation has enabled people of all over the world to experience diversity and different cultures improving and enhancing their quality of life.
In conclusion, humans in the modern era experience a richer quality of life then the people who walked the earth in previous centuries. Through the vigorous experiments and knowledge left behind by our ancestors, there have been constant development in every field to make life easier and more pleasant for everyone.
Hunger in the World
In spite of advances made in agriculture, many people around the world still go hungry.
Why is this the case?
What can be done about the problem?
With the advancement of technology in agriculture sector, it is becoming quite easy to grow crops and to achieve maximum yield. The advancement in genetically engineered seeds is out in the market to achieve more yield per acre as compared to the past. In this essay, we will discuss that why poor people are still hungry and what measures can be taken to resolve this global problem?
First of all, the advancement in different vehicles / machinery pertaining to agriculture sector has facilitated a lot in different phases of crop production. Now, a farmer can get benefits from tractors to fertile the land for sowing seeds. When the crop is growing, a tractor equipped with various spraying elements to spray the fertilizers and other sprays to prevent crops from insects. Finally, a harvester is used to harvest the crop on a large scale to save time. There is also a lot of advancement in the field of fertilizers and genetically developed seeds. Seeds are genetically engineered to produce more yield per acre than normal. Moreover, the availability of major resource i.e. water is becoming quite common these days and farmers are taking full advantage of water supply all the time.
But, despite all these advancements in agriculture sector there are some other factors which make it difficult for the poor people in the society to buy fruits, vegetables or wheat grains etc. In Pakistan, one of the major factors is the price which is increasing day by day regardless of the ease in crop production. Another reason to this price escalation is the export of best fruits, vegetables and grains to other countries leaving behind the low-quality commodities in the market. Even though Pakistan is an agricultural country but the export of these fruits, vegetables and grains increases the demand in the local market which in turn increases the prices and make it difficult for the poor people to buy mangoes, apples, dry fruits, vegetables and grains. Apart from this, artificial price hike is also created by storing a large proportion of fruits and vegetables in cold stores in order to increase demand in the market.
Now, in order to resolve this problem in a country like Pakistan, the best way is to control the export by first getting statistics about the demand in our country. The controlled export of these products will maintain a balance between demand and supply in the country and poor people will be able to purchase these products. Secondly, the government should take notice of those merchants who store fruits and vegetables in cold stores to create artificial price hike. Finally, the government in Pakistan should give special incentives to the farmers as a token of encouragement. In this way, we can better control the prices and such basic food items will be in the reach of poor people in the society.
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