The Reading / Listening - Food Waste - Level 2

China is acting to cut down on food waste. It has started a campaign to get people to think about the amount of food they waste. It is called the "Clean Plate Campaign". President Xi Jinping wants people to reduce how much food they waste. He called the waste "shocking and distressing". There are reports in China that a food crisis is coming. Food production has decreased because of the coronavirus, and floods in southern China. The government wants people to reduce the amount of food they leave on their plate. President Xi said China had to think carefully about food security.



Many restaurants are taking the campaign seriously. One restaurant went a little too far as it started weighing customers. It had to apologise to angry diners. It said it wanted to stop food waste and for diners to order food "in a healthy way". A restaurant in Beijing said: "We remind our guests when they order too much food." Restaurants in Wuhan have started a system called N-1. A group of diners must order one fewer dish than the number of people in their group. The United Nations warned that the world could see its worst food crisis in 50 years this year.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Food Waste - Level 0 Food Waste - Level 1   or  Food Waste - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53761295
  • https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1197577.shtml
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3096977/xi-jinping-targets-shocking-food-waste-china-battles-floods-and
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53792871


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. China is acting to cut
  2. It has started a
  3. reduce how much
  4. reports in China that a food
  5. Food production has
  6. floods
  7. amount of food they leave
  8. think carefully about food
  1. campaign
  2. decreased
  3. down on food waste
  4. security
  5. crisis is coming
  6. on their plate
  7. food they waste
  8. in southern China

Paragraph 2

  1. restaurants are taking the
  2. It had to apologise
  3. in a healthy
  4. We remind
  5. they order too
  6. diners must order one
  7. the number of people
  8. its worst food crisis
  1. to angry diners
  2. in their group
  3. much food
  4. in 50 years
  5. way
  6. our guests
  7. campaign seriously
  8. fewer dish

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China is (1) ___________________ down on food waste. It has started a campaign to get people to think (2) ___________________ of food they waste. It is called the "Clean Plate Campaign". President Xi Jinping wants people (3) ___________________ much food they waste. He called the waste "shocking and distressing". There are reports in China that a food (4) ___________________. Food production has decreased because of the coronavirus, and (5) ___________________ China. The government wants people to reduce the amount of food they leave (6) ___________________. President Xi said China had to think carefully about food security.

Many restaurants are (7) ___________________ seriously. One restaurant went a little too far as (8) ___________________ customers. It had to apologise to angry diners. It said it wanted to stop food waste and for (9) ___________________ food "in a healthy way". A restaurant in Beijing said: "We remind our guests when they (10) ___________________ food." Restaurants in Wuhan have started a system called N-1. A (11) ___________________ must order one fewer dish than the number of people in their group. The United Nations warned that the world could see its                   (12) ___________________ in 50 years this year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinaisactingtocutdownonfoodwaste.Ithasstartedacampaigntoget
peopletothinkabouttheamountoffoodtheywaste.Itiscalledthe"Clean
PlateCampaign".PresidentXiJinpingwantspeopletoreducehowmuchf
oodtheywaste.Hecalledthewaste"shockinganddistressing".Therear
ereportsinChinathatafoodcrisisiscoming.Foodproductionhasdecrea
sedbecauseofthecoronavirus,andfloodsinsouthernChina.Thegovern
mentwantspeopletoreducetheamountoffoodtheyleaveontheirplate.
PresidentXisaidChinahadtothinkcarefullyaboutfoodsecurity.Manyre
staurantsaretakingthecampaignseriously.Onerestaurantwentalittle
toofarasitstartedweighingcustomers.Ithadtoapologisetoangrydiner
s.Itsaiditwantedtostopfoodwasteandfordinerstoorderfood"inahealt
hyway".ArestaurantinBeijingsaid:"Weremindourguestswhentheyor
dertoomuchfood."RestaurantsinWuhanhavestartedasystemcalledN
-1.Agroupofdinersmustorderonefewerdishthanthenumberofpeopl
eintheirgroup.TheUnitedNationswarnedthattheworldcouldseeitswo
rstfoodcrisisin50yearsthisyear.

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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