The Reading / Listening - Foie Gras - Level 5

Chefs in New York are up in arms over a ban on foie gras - the food that is common in haute cuisine. Foie gras is made from duck and goose liver. The birds are force-fed with corn to enlarge their liver up to ten times its normal size. Animal rights groups say this causes the birds unnecessary suffering. New York's city council voted to ban sales of the controversial food. The bill will ban restaurants and stores, "from storing, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell force-fed products or food containing a force-fed product". A spokesperson said force-feeding was "really cruel and inhumane".



Farmers want to sue New York City. One farmer said: "We will not let this restriction on New Yorkers' freedom of choice go unchallenged in the courts, and we intend to file a lawsuit." A food manufacturer said chefs were likely to order more foie gras because they are so angry. It said: "There are 1,000 restaurants in New York City who have foie gras on their menu right now. They are all very incensed." It added the council made no effort to learn about the foie gras process and refused to visit the farms. Foie gras is big business. One liver can sell for as much as $125.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Foie Gras - Level 4 or  Foie Gras - Level 6

Sources
  • https://time.com/5714619/foie-gras-ban-new-york/
  • https://www.itv.com/news/2019-10-31/foie-gras-to-be-cut-from-new-york-menus-after-council-ban/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foie_gras#Legislation_and_bans


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. food that is common
  2. The birds are force-fed with corn
  3. up to ten times
  4. causes the birds unnecessary
  5. voted to
  6. offering to sell force-
  7. containing a force-fed
  8. really cruel and
  1. its normal size
  2. product
  3. ban sales
  4. inhumane
  5. to enlarge their liver
  6. suffering
  7. in haute cuisine
  8. fed products

Paragraph 2

  1. Farmers want to sue
  2. freedom of
  3. go unchallenged
  4. we intend to file
  5. have foie gras on their
  6. the council made no effort
  7. Foie gras is
  8. sell for as
  1. big business
  2. a lawsuit
  3. much as $125
  4. to learn
  5. New York City
  6. choice
  7. menu right now
  8. in the courts

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Chefs in New York are (1) ___________________ over a ban on foie gras - the food that (2) ___________________ haute cuisine. Foie gras is made from duck and goose liver. The birds are force-fed with corn to enlarge their liver up to ten times (3) ___________________. Animal rights groups say this causes the birds unnecessary suffering. New York's city (4) ___________________ ban sales of the controversial food. The bill will ban restaurants and (5) ___________________, maintaining, selling, or offering to sell force-fed products or food containing a force-fed product". A spokesperson said force-feeding was "really (6) ___________________ ".

Farmers want to sue New York City. One farmer said: "We will not let (7) ___________________ New Yorkers' freedom of choice go unchallenged in the courts, and we (8) ___________________ a lawsuit." A food manufacturer said chefs were (9) ___________________ more foie gras because they are so angry. It said: "There are 1,000 restaurants in New York City who have foie gras on their (10) ___________________. They are all very incensed." It added the council made no (11) ___________________ about the foie gras process and (12) ___________________ the farms. Foie gras is big business. One liver can sell for as much as $125.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ChefsinNewYorkareupinarmsoverabanonfoiegras-thefoodthatisc
ommoninhautecuisine.Foiegrasismadefromduckandgooseliver.The
birdsareforce-fedwithcorntoenlargetheirliveruptotentimesitsnorm
alsize.Animalrightsgroupssaythiscausesthebirdsunnecessarysufferi
ng.NewYork'scitycouncilvotedtobansalesofthecontroversialfood.Th
ebillwillbanrestaurantsandstores,"fromstoring,maintaining,selling,
orofferingtosellforce-fedproductsorfoodcontainingaforce-fedprodu
ct".Aspokespersonsaidforce-feedingwas"reallycruelandinhumane"
.FarmerswanttosueNewYorkCity.Onefarmersaid:"Wewillnotletthisr
estrictiononNewYorkers'freedomofchoicegounchallengedinthecourt
s,andweintendtofilealawsuit."Afoodmanufacturersaidchefswerelike
lytoordermorefoiegrasbecausetheyaresoangry.Itsaid:"Thereare1,0
00restaurantsinNewYorkCitywhohavefoiegrasontheirmenurightno
w.Theyareallveryincensed."Itaddedthecouncilmadenoefforttolearn
aboutthefoiegrasprocessandrefusedtovisitthefarms.Foiegrasisbigb
usiness.Onelivercansellforasmuchas$125.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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