The Reading / Listening - Food Waste - Level 0

The world wastes a third of the food it produces. The UK wastes over 7 million tons every year. There are answers to this problem. Schools could teach children about food waste. Supermarkets should stop throwing away vegetables because they are the "wrong" shape. Finally, "sell-by" dates need to change.



It is unacceptable that people are going hungry and food is being wasted. It is bad for the environment because it wastes energy. The food in the ground makes a gas that is bad for the environment. Supermarkets also throw away good vegetables if they are a strange shape. They should sell these vegetables.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Food Waste - Level 1 Food Waste - Level 2   or  Food Waste - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39747327
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/supermarkets-wonky-veg-food-waste-report-mps-report-recycling-food-banks-scandal-a7709601.html
  • http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3009197/mps-call-for-national-food-waste-target


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The world wastes a third of
  2. over 7 million
  3. There are answers
  4. Schools could
  5. Supermarkets should
  6. throwing away
  7. they are the "wrong"
  8. dates need
  1. to this problem
  2. shape
  3. stop
  4. to change
  5. the food it produces
  6. tons every year
  7. vegetables
  8. teach children

Paragraph 2

  1. It is unacceptable that people are
  2. food is being
  3. It is bad for
  4. it wastes
  5. a gas that is bad
  6. Supermarkets also throw
  7. if they are a strange
  8. They should sell these
  1. energy
  2. away good vegetables
  3. wasted
  4. for the environment
  5. going hungry
  6. vegetables
  7. the environment
  8. shape

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world (1) ___________________ of the food it produces. The UK (2) ___________________ 7 million tons every year. There (3) ___________________ this problem. Schools could teach children about food waste. Supermarkets (4) ___________________ throwing away vegetables because they (5) ___________________ shape. Finally, "sell-by" dates (6) ___________________.

It is unacceptable that (7) ___________________ hungry and food (8) ___________________. It is bad for the environment (9) ___________________ energy. The food in the ground makes a gas that is (10) ___________________ environment. Supermarkets also (11) ___________________ good vegetables if they (12) ___________________ shape. They should sell these vegetables.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theworldwastesathirdofthefooditproduces.TheUKwastesover7milli
ontonseveryyear.Thereareanswerstothisproblem.Schoolscouldteac
hchildrenaboutfoodwaste.Supermarketsshouldstopthrowingawayv
egetablesbecausetheyarethe"wrong"shape.Finally,"sell-by"datesn
eedtochange.Itisunacceptablethatpeoplearegoinghungryandfoodis
beingwasted.Itisbadfortheenvironmentbecauseitwastesenergy.The
foodinthegroundmakesagasthatisbadfortheenvironment.Supermar
ketsalsothrowawaygoodvegetablesiftheyareastrangeshape.Theysh
ouldsellthesevegetables.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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