The Reading / Listening - Food Waste - Level 1

Britain said a third of the world's food is wasted. It said this was "unacceptable". The UK wastes over 7 million tons of food every year. A politician talked about solutions to this problem. First, schools could raise children's awareness of food waste. Secondly, supermarkets could sell vegetables they throw away because they are the "wrong" shape. Finally, "sell-by" dates need to change. People throw away good food because of these labels.



The politician said food waste was unacceptable. He said: "Socially, it is a scandal that people are going hungry…when so much [food] is being wasted." He added that: "Environmentally, it is a disaster, because energy and resources are wasted." He said the food rots and produces a climate-changing gas. He said it was wrong for supermarkets to throw away good vegetables if they are a funny shape.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Food Waste - Level 0 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. a third of the world's food
  2. It said this was
  3. solutions to this
  4. schools could raise children's
  5. sell vegetables they throw
  6. they are the "wrong"
  7. Finally, "sell-by" dates need
  8. People throw away good food
  1. to change
  2. shape
  3. because of these labels
  4. problem
  5. is wasted
  6. away
  7. "unacceptable "
  8. awareness

Paragraph 2

  1. The politician said food waste was
  2. it is a scandal that people
  3. so much food is being
  4. the food
  5. produces a climate-
  6. He said it
  7. throw away good
  8. if they are a funny
  1. rots
  2. was wrong
  3. shape
  4. are going hungry
  5. unacceptable
  6. vegetables
  7. wasted
  8. changing gas

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Britain (1) ___________________ the world's food is wasted. It said this (2) ___________________. The UK wastes over 7 million tons of food every year. A politician (3) ___________________ solutions to this problem. First, schools could raise children's (4) ___________________ food waste. Secondly, supermarkets could sell vegetables they throw away because they are (5) ___________________. Finally, "sell-by" dates need to change. People throw away good food (6) ___________________ labels.

The politician said food waste (7) ___________________. He said: "Socially, (8) ___________________ that people are going hungry…when so much [food] (9) ___________________." He added that: "Environmentally, (10) ___________________, because energy and resources are wasted." He said the food rots and produces a climate-changing gas. He (11) ___________________ for supermarkets to throw away good vegetables if (12) ___________________ funny shape.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Britainsaidathirdoftheworld'sfoodiswasted.Itsaidthiswas"unaccept
able".TheUKwastesover7milliontonsoffoodeveryyear.Apoliticiantal
kedaboutsolutionstothisproblem.First,schoolscouldraisechildren'sa
warenessoffoodwaste.Secondly,supermarketscouldsellvegetablest
heythrowawaybecausetheyarethe"wrong"shape.Finally,"sell-by"da
tesneedtochange.Peoplethrowawaygoodfoodbecauseoftheselabels.
Thepoliticiansaidfoodwastewasunacceptable.Hesaid:"Socially,itisa
scandalthatpeoplearegoinghungry…whensomuch[food]isbeingwast
ed."Headdedthat:"Environmentally,itisadisaster,becauseenergyan
dresourcesarewasted."Hesaidthefoodrotsandproducesaclimate-ch
anginggas.Hesaiditwaswrongforsupermarketstothrowawaygoodve
getablesiftheyareafunnyshape.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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