The Reading / Listening - Food Waste - Level 3

The British government has said that a third of the food the world produces is wasted. It said the high level of food waste in the UK is "unacceptable". Over 7 million tons of food is wasted in the UK every year. A British politician, Neil Parish, said: "One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally." The government said there were many solutions to the problem of food waste. First, schools could raise children's awareness of food waste from a young age. Secondly, supermarkets could sell vegetables that are thrown away because they are the "wrong" shape. Finally, 'sell-by' dates, "use-by" dates and "best before" labels need to change. Perfectly good food is thrown away because of these labels.



Neil Parish said the fact that so much food is thrown away is both socially and environmentally unacceptable. He said: "Socially, it is a scandal that people are going hungry and using food banks when so much produce is being wasted." He added that: "Environmentally, it is a disaster, because energy and resources are wasted in production, only for the food to end up rotting in landfills where it produces methane - a potent climate-changing gas." He called on supermarkets to help by selling vegetables that have a funny shape. He said: "It's ridiculous that perfectly good vegetables are wasted simply because they're a funny shape." He said these vegetables, "don't cook or taste any different".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Food Waste - Level 0 Food Waste - Level 1   or  Food Waste - Level 2

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


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Warm-ups

1. FOOD WASTE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about food waste. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       a third / wasted / unacceptable / politician / globally / solutions / awareness / labels /
       socially / scandal / hungry / produce / disaster / climate change / vegetables / funny

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. CUT DOWN: Students A strongly believe everyone should cut down on what they eat by a third; Students B strongly believe this is silly.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. WASTE: How can we cut down on food waste? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Examples of waste now

Solutions

Farms

 

 

Supermarkets

 

 

Internet

 

 

Gardens

 

 

Restaurants

 

 

Fast food

 

 

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5. FOOD: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "food". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. CHANGE: Rank these with your partner. Put the people / things who can best cut down on food waste at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • fast-food restaurants
  • hotels
  • families
  • food banks
  • governments
  • supermarkets
  • children
  • farmers

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Britain's government made a statement on global food waste.     T / F
  2. The U.K. wastes over 70 million tons of food a year.     T / F
  3. A British politician outlined three solutions to the problem of food waste.  T / F
  4. The politician said there was no need to change 'sell-by' dates on food.   T / F
  5. The politician said it was environmentally friendly to throw food away.     T / F
  6. The politician said people needed to go to banks to buy food.     T / F
  7. Rotting food produces a gas called methane.     T / F
  8. The politician said funny-shaped vegetables do not taste different.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. produces
  2. wasted
  3. globally
  4. awareness
  5. labels
  6. fact
  7. unacceptable
  8. ends up
  9. ridiculous
  10. simply
  1. understanding
  2. reality
  3. just
  4. worldwide
  5. terrible
  6. makes
  7. laughable
  8. stickers
  9. thrown away
  10. goes

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the high level of food waste in the UK is
  2. One-third of food produced for human
  3. schools could raise children's awareness
  4. "use-by" dates and
  5. Perfectly
  6. the fact that so
  7. it is a scandal that
  8. energy and
  9. a potent climate-
  10. these vegetables don’t cook or
  1. of food waste
  2. taste any different
  3. good food
  4. people are going hungry
  5. "unacceptable"
  6. consumption
  7. changing gas
  8. "best before" labels
  9. resources are wasted
  10. much food is thrown away

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
level
globally
young
third
need
politician
dates
solutions

The British government has said that a (1) ____________ of the food the world produces is wasted. It said the high (2) ____________ of food waste in the UK is "unacceptable". Over 7 million tons of food is wasted in the UK every year. A British (3) ____________, Neil Parish, said: "One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted (4) ____________." The government said there were many (5) ____________ to the problem of food waste. First, schools could raise children's awareness of food waste from a (6) ____________ age. Secondly, supermarkets could sell vegetables that are thrown away because they are the "wrong" shape. Finally, "sell-by" (7) ____________, "use-by" dates and "best before" labels (8) ____________ to change. Perfectly good food is thrown away because of these labels.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
unacceptable
methane
disaster
taste
fact
banks
shape
rotting

Neil Parish said the (9) ____________ that so much food is thrown away is both socially and environmentally (10) ____________. He said: "Socially, it is a scandal that people are going hungry and using food (11) ____________ when so much produce is being wasted." He added that: "Environmentally, it is a (12) ____________, because energy and resources are wasted in production, only for the food to end up (13) ____________ in landfills where it produces (14) ____________ - a potent climate-changing gas." He called on supermarkets to help by selling vegetables that have a funny (15) ____________. He said: "It’s ridiculous that perfectly good vegetables are wasted simply because they're a funny shape." He said these vegetables, "don’t cook or (16) ____________ any different".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The British government has said that a third of the food the world ______
     a.  produces is waste it
     b.  produces is wastage
     c.  produces is wasted
     d.  produces is waste did

2)  It said the high level of food waste in the UK ______
     a.  it's unacceptably
     b.  is unaccepted
     c.  is unacceptable
     d.  it's unacceptable

3)  One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or ______
     a.  wasted globalise
     b.  wasted globalised
     c.  wasted globe ally
     d.  wasted globally

4)  there were many solutions to the problem ______
     a.  of food waste
     b.  off food waste
     c.  from food waste
     d.  for food waste

5)  Perfectly good food is thrown away because ______
     a.  off these labels
     b.  of these lapel
     c.  of these labels
     d.  of these lapel

6)  it is a scandal that people are going hungry and ______
     a.  use in food banks
     b.  used in food banks
     c.  using in food banks
     d.  using food banks

7)  resources are wasted in production, only for the food to end up ______
     a.  rotting landfill
     b.  rotting in land files
     c.  rot in land flues
     d.  rotting in landfills

8)  He called on supermarkets to help by ______
     a.  selling in vegetables
     b.  sell in vegetables
     c.  selling vegetable
     d.  selling vegetables

9)  It’s ridiculous that perfectly good vegetables are wasted simply because they're ______
     a.  a fun knee shape
     b.  a funny shape
     c.  a funny shaped
     d.  a fun knee shape

10)  He said these vegetables, "don’t cook or ______"
     a.  tasted any different
     b.  taste any different
     c.  tastes any different
     d.  taster any different

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The British government has (1) ___________________ third of the food the world produces is wasted. It said the (2) ___________________ food waste in the UK is "unacceptable". Over 7 million tons of (3) ___________________ the UK every year. A British politician, Neil Parish, said: "One-third of food produced for human consumption is (4) ___________________ globally." The government said there were many solutions to the problem of food waste. First, schools could raise children's awareness of food waste from a young age. Secondly, supermarkets could sell vegetables (5) ___________________ away because they are the "wrong" shape. Finally, "sell-by" dates, "use-by" dates and "best before" labels need to change. Perfectly good (6) ___________________ away because of these labels.

Neil Parish said the fact that so (7) ___________________ thrown away is both socially and environmentally unacceptable. He said: "Socially, (8) ___________________ that people are going hungry and using food banks when so much produce is being wasted." He added that: "Environmentally, (9) ___________________, because energy and resources are wasted in production, only for the food (10) ___________________ in landfills where it produces methane - a potent climate-changing gas." He called on supermarkets to help by selling vegetables that (11) ___________________. He said: "It’s ridiculous that perfectly good vegetables are wasted simply because they're a funny shape." He said these vegetables, "don’t cook or  (12) ___________________".

Comprehension questions

  1. Which government said the world wastes a lot of food?
  2. How much food does the UK waste each year?
  3. What could schools raise among children?
  4. What could sell strange-shaped vegetables?
  5. What kind of labels did the article say need to change?
  6. What did the article say was socially and environmentally unacceptable?
  7. Where does food end up rotting?
  8. What gas from rotting food did the article say causes climate change?
  9. Why are "perfectly good vegetables" being wasted and thrown away?
  10. What do funny-shaped vegetables not do any differently?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Which government said the world wastes a lot of food?
a) the UAE government
b) the U.S. government
c) the U.K. government
d) the PNG government

2) How much food does the UK waste each year?
a) 7,000,000 tons
b) 700,000 tons
c) 70,000,000 tons
d) 700,000,000 tons

3) What could schools raise among children?
a) nutrition levels
b) awareness
c) exam scores
d) good behaviour

4) What could sell strange-shaped vegetables?
a) charities
b) communities
c) Amazon.com
d) supermarkets

5) What kind of labels did the article say need to change?
a) price labels
b) red labels
c) "best before" labels
d) sticky labels

6) What did the article say was socially and environmentally unacceptable?
a) scandals
b) throwing away so much food
c) eating a lot
d) food banks

7) Where does food end up rotting?
a) everywhere
b) in the street
c) in gardens
d) in landfills

8) What gas from rotting food did the article say causes climate change?
a) helium
b) methane
c) butane
d) propane

9) Why are "perfectly good vegetables" being wasted and thrown away?
a) people don't like them
b) they have a funny shape
c) they are the wrong colour
d) they are too small

10) What do funny-shaped vegetables not do any differently?
a) taste
b) grow
c) hang
d) sell

Role play

Role  A – Governments

You think governments are best at being able to reduce food waste. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things are no good at reducing food waste. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these at reducing food waste (and why): farmers, hotels or families.

Role  B – Farmers

You think farmers are best at being able to reduce food waste. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things are no good at reducing food waste. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these at reducing food waste (and why): governments, hotels or families.

Role  C – Hotels

You think hotels are best at being able to reduce food waste. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things are no good at reducing food waste. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these at reducing food waste (and why): farmers, governments or families.

Role  D – Families

You think families are best at being able to reduce food waste. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things are no good at reducing food waste. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these at reducing food waste (and why):  farmers, hotels or governments.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'food'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'waste'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • much
    • hungry
    • disaster
    • end
    • help
    • taste
    • high
    • 7
    • human
    • first
    • wrong
    • good




    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 - A third of the food we produce is wasted

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'food'?
    3. How often do you waste food?
    4. Why is it OK in some countries to leave food on your plate after eating?
    5. What do you think of food waste?
    6. How can we reduce food waste?
    7. Why do people waste so much food?
    8. Should schools teach children about food waste?
    9. What is wrong with vegetables that are the wrong shape?
    10. How would changing "eat-by" dates help to reduce food waste?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'waste'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why is throwing food away socially unacceptable?
    5. Why is throwing food away environmentally unacceptable?
    6. How can we give the food we waste to people who really need it?
    7. With eating, are our eyes bigger than our stomachs?
    8. What advice do you have for supermarkets?
    9. What will you do from now to reduce food waste?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the politician in the article?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The British government has said that a (1) ____ of the food the world produces is wasted. It said the (2) ____ level of food waste in the UK is "unacceptable". Over 7 million tons of food is wasted in the UK every year. A British politician, Neil Parish, said: "One-third of food (3) ____ for human consumption is lost or wasted globally." The government said there were many (4) ____ to the problem of food waste. First, schools could raise children's awareness of food waste from a young age. Secondly, supermarkets could sell vegetables that are thrown away because they are the "wrong" shape. Finally, "(5) ____-by" dates, "use-by" dates and "best before" labels need to change. (6) ____ good food is thrown away because of these labels.

    Neil Parish said the fact that so (7) ____ food is thrown away is both socially and environmentally unacceptable. He said: "Socially, it is a (8) ____ that people are going hungry and using food banks when so much produce is being wasted." He added that: "Environmentally, it is a disaster, because energy and resources are wasted in production, only (9) ____ the food to end (10) ____ rotting in landfills where it produces methane - a potent climate-changing gas." He called on supermarkets to help (11) ____ selling vegetables that have a funny shape. He said: "It’s ridiculous that perfectly good vegetables are wasted simply because they're a funny shape." He said these vegetables, "don’t cook or taste (12) ____ different".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     thirdly     (b)     three     (c)     third     (d)     threes    
    2. (a)     high     (b)     height     (c)     heighten     (d)     highs    
    3. (a)     produced     (b)     producing     (c)     production     (d)     producer    
    4. (a)     solutions     (b)     solves     (c)     soluble     (d)     salvations    
    5. (a)     selling     (b)     sales     (c)     sale     (d)     sell    
    6. (a)     Perfected     (b)     Perfection     (c)     Perfect     (d)     Perfectly    
    7. (a)     much     (b)     most     (c)     more     (d)     many    
    8. (a)     candle     (b)     sundial     (c)     sandal     (d)     scandal    
    9. (a)     for     (b)     of     (c)     from     (d)     off    
    10. (a)     in     (b)     up     (c)     on     (d)     down    
    11. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     as    
    12. (a)     any     (b)     some     (c)     same     (d)     once

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (      )    because   they're   a   funny   shape."   He   said   these   vegetables,   "don’t   cook   or   taste   any   different".

    (      )    shape.   He   said:   "It’s   ridiculous   that   perfectly   good   vegetables   are   wasted   simply

    (      )    before"   labels   need   to   change.   Perfectly   good   food   is   thrown   away   because   of   these   labels.

    (      )    unacceptable.   He   said:   "Socially,   it   is   a   scandal   that   people   are   going   hungry   and   using   food

    (      )    thrown   away   because   they   are   the   "wrong"   shape.   Finally,   "sell-by"   dates,   "use-by"   dates   and   "best

    (      )    awareness   of   food   waste   from   a   young   age.   Secondly,   supermarkets   could   sell   vegetables   that   are

    (      )    Neil   Parish   said   the   fact   that   so   much   food   is   thrown   away   is   both   socially   and   environmentally

    (      )    politician,   Neil   Parish,   said:   "One-third   of   food   produced   for   human   consumption   is   lost   or   wasted

    (      )    and   resources   are   wasted   in   production,   only   for   the   food   to   end   up   rotting   in   landfills   where   it   produces

    (      )    globally."   The   government   said   there   were   many   solutions   to   the   problem   of   food   waste.   First,   schools   could   raise   children's

    (      )    methane   -   a   potent   climate-changing   gas."   He   called   on   supermarkets   to   help   by   selling   vegetables   that   have   a   funny

    (      )    waste   in   the   UK   is   "unacceptable".   Over   7   million   tons   of   food   is   wasted   in   the   UK   every   year.   A   British

    (   1  )    The   British   government   has   said   that   a   third   of   the   food   the   world   produces   is   wasted.   It   said   the   high   level   of   food

    (      )    banks   when   so   much   produce   is   being   wasted."   He   added   that:   "Environmentally,   it   is   a   disaster,   because   energy

    Put the words in the right order

    1. food   produces   A   the   world   wasted   of   the   is   third   .
    2. tons  Over  UK  wasted   of   7  every  in   food   million  year   the  is   .
    3. produced   One  human  -   consumption  third   is  of   lost  for   food  .
    4. waste   Schools   could   raise   children's   awareness   of   food   .
    5. is   food   good  Perfectly   labels   these  of  because   away   thrown   .
    6. ,   it   is   a   scandal   that   people   are   going   hungry   Socially   .
    7. energy   are   is   because   resources   It   disaster   and   wasted   a   .
    8. supermarkets   called   vegetables   by   to   on   He   selling   help   .
    9. wasted   are   vegetables   good   perfectly   that   ridiculous   It's   .
    10. Wasted   a   simply   funny   because   shape   they're   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The British government has said that a thirdly / third of the food the world produces is wasted. It said the high / height level of food waste in the UK is "unacceptable". Over 7 million tons of food is wasted on / in the UK every year. A British politics / politician, Neil Parish, said: "One-third of food produced for human consumption / contraption is lost or wasted globally." The government said there were many solution / solutions to the problem of food waste. First, schools could raise / rise children's awareness of food waste from a young age / old. Secondly, supermarkets could sell vegetables that are thrown away because they are the "wrong" shaped / shape. Finally, "sell-by" dates, "use-by" dates and "best before" labels need to change. Perfectly good food is throwing / thrown away because of these labels.

    Neil Parish said the fact that so much / many food is thrown away is both socially and environmentally unacceptable. He said: "Social / Socially, it is a scandal that people are going / gone hungry and using food banks when so much produce / products is being wasted." He added that: "Environmentally, it is a disaster, because energetic / energy and resources are wasted in production, only for the food to end down / up rotting in landfills where it produces methane - a potent / important climate-changing gas." He called on supermarkets to help by / on selling vegetables that have a funny shape. He said: "It’s ridiculous that perfect / perfectly good vegetables are wasted simply because they're a funny shape." He said these vegetables, "don’t cook or taste / tasty any different".

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    N__l P_r_sh s__d th_ f_ct th_t s_ m_ch f__d _s thr_wn _w_y _s b_th s_c__lly _nd _nv_r_nm_nt_lly _n_cc_pt_bl_. H_ s__d: "S_c__lly, _t _s _ sc_nd_l th_t p__pl_ _r_ g__ng h_ngry _nd _s_ng f__d b_nks wh_n s_ m_ch pr_d_c_ _s b__ng w_st_d." H_ _dd_d th_t: "_nv_r_nm_nt_lly, _t _s _ d_s_st_r, b_c__s_ _n_rgy _nd r_s__rc_s _r_ w_st_d _n pr_d_ct__n, _nly f_r th_ f__d t_ _nd _p r_tt_ng _n l_ndf_lls wh_r_ _t pr_d_c_s m_th_n_ - _ p_t_nt cl_m_t_-ch_ng_ng g_s." H_ c_ll_d _n s_p_rm_rk_ts t_ h_lp by s_ll_ng v_g_t_bl_s th_t h_v_ _ f_nny sh_p_. H_ s__d: "_t’s r_d_c_l__s th_t p_rf_ctly g__d v_g_t_bl_s _r_ w_st_d s_mply b_c__s_ th_y'r_ _ f_nny sh_p_." H_ s__d th_s_ v_g_t_bl_s, "d_n’t c__k _r t_st_ _ny d_ff_r_nt".

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the british government has said that a third of the food the world produces is wasted it said the high level of food waste in the uk is "unacceptable" over 7 million tons of food is wasted in the uk every year a british politician neil parish said "one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally" the government said there were many solutions to the problem of food waste first schools could raise children's awareness of food waste from a young age secondly supermarkets could sell vegetables that are thrown away because they are the "wrong" shape finally "sell-by" dates "use-by" dates and "best before" labels need to change perfectly good food is thrown away because of these labels

    neil parish said the fact that so much food is thrown away is both socially and environmentally unacceptable he said "socially it is a scandal that people are going hungry and using food banks when so much produce is being wasted" he added that "environmentally it is a disaster because energy and resources are wasted in production only for the food to end up rotting in landfills where it produces methane - a potent climate-changing gas" he called on supermarkets to help by selling vegetables that have a funny shape he said "it’s ridiculous that perfectly good vegetables are wasted simply because they're a funny shape" he said these vegetables "don’t cook or taste any different"

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    TheBritishgovernmenthassaidthatathirdofthefoodtheworldproduce
    siswasted.ItsaidthehighleveloffoodwasteintheUKis"unacceptable".
    Over7milliontonsoffoodiswastedintheUKeveryyear.ABritishpoliticia
    n,NeilParish,said:"One-thirdoffoodproducedforhumanconsumptio
    nislostorwastedglobally."Thegovernmentsaidthereweremanysoluti
    onstotheproblemoffoodwaste.First,schoolscouldraisechildren'sawa
    renessoffoodwastefromayoungage.Secondly,supermarketscouldse
    llvegetablesthatarethrownawaybecausetheyarethe"wrong"shape.F
    inally,"sell-by"dates,"use-by"datesand"bestbefore"labelsneedtoc
    hange.Perfectlygoodfoodisthrownawaybecauseoftheselabels.NeilP
    arishsaidthefactthatsomuchfoodisthrownawayisbothsociallyandenv
    ironmentallyunacceptable.Hesaid:"Socially,itisascandalthatpeople
    aregoinghungryandusingfoodbankswhensomuchproduceisbeingwa
    sted."Headdedthat:"Environmentally,itisadisaster,becauseenergya
    ndresourcesarewastedinproduction,onlyforthefoodtoenduprottingi
    nlandfillswhereitproducesmethane-apotentclimate-changinggas."H
    ecalledonsupermarketstohelpbysellingvegetablesthathaveafunnys
    hape.Hesaid:"It’sridiculousthatperfectlygoodvegetablesarewasted
    simplybecausethey'reafunnyshape."Hesaidthesevegetables,"don’t
    cookortasteanydifferent".

    Free writing

    Write about food waste for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should reduce the amount of food we eat by a third. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. FOOD WASTE: Make a poster about food waste. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. REDUCE: Write a magazine article about reducing food waste. Write about the government asking people to reduce the amount of food they eat by a half. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on food waste. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can reduce food waste. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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