The Reading / Listening - Veggie Burgers - Level 4

The European Union said companies can give meat-like names to vegetarian products even if they have no meat. The EU debated whether or not a veggie burger is a burger. Europe's largest farming group wanted to ban names like burger, sausage and steak in vegetarian food. It said this was "misleading and unfair marketing" that damaged farmers and meat companies. It called for the millions of farmers and livestock sector workers to be respected.



A consumer group called the decision "common sense". It said consumers are not confused by soy steaks or chick pea-based sausages because they are labelled as vegetarian. It said terms like "burger" and "steak" help consumers understand how to plan their meals. Greenpeace wondered why livestock farmers were confused by the name veggie burger. It tweeted: "If they're confused by the word 'veggie burger,' what do they think a 'hot dog' is?"

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Veggie Burgers - Level 5 or  Veggie Burgers - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2020/10/23/927278172/veggie-burgers-can-be-called-burgers-european-parliament-says
  • https://news.sky.com/story/meatless-plant-based-products-can-still-be-called-burgers-and-sausages-eu-rules-12112315
  • https://www.thehour.com/business/article/Veggie-burgers-are-still-burgers-EU-lawmakers-15669755.php


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. give meat-like names to
  2. even if they
  3. Europe's largest farming
  4. ban names like burger,
  5. misleading and
  6. meat
  7. millions
  8. livestock sector
  1. workers
  2. sausage and steak
  3. companies
  4. group
  5. of farmers
  6. vegetarian products
  7. unfair marketing
  8. have no meat

Paragraph 2

  1. A consumer
  2. common
  3. It said consumers are not
  4. soy
  5. chick pea-
  6. labelled
  7. livestock
  8. confused
  1. confused
  2. farmers
  3. steaks
  4. as vegetarian
  5. group
  6. by the word
  7. sense
  8. based sausages

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The European Union said companies (1) ___________________-like names to vegetarian products even if they (2) ___________________. The EU debated (3) ___________________ a veggie burger is a burger. Europe's largest farming group (4) ___________________ names like burger, sausage and steak in vegetarian food. It said this was "misleading (5) ___________________" that damaged farmers and meat companies. It called for the millions of farmers and (6) ___________________ to be respected.

A consumer group called the (7) ___________________. It said consumers are not confused by soy (8) ___________________ pea-based sausages because they are labelled as vegetarian. It (9) ___________________ "burger" and "steak" help consumers understand how to (10) ___________________. Greenpeace wondered why livestock farmers (11) ___________________ the name veggie burger. It tweeted: "If they're confused by the word 'veggie burger,' what do (12) ___________________ 'hot dog' is?"

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheEuropeanUnionsaidcompaniescangivemeat-likenamestoveget
arianproductseveniftheyhavenomeat.TheEUdebatedwhetherornota
veggieburgerisaburger.Europe'slargestfarminggroupwantedtobann
ameslikeburger,sausageandsteakinvegetarianfood.Itsaidthiswas"
misleadingandunfairmarketing"thatdamagedfarmersandmeatcom
panies.Itcalledforthemillionsoffarmersandlivestocksectorworkersto
berespected.Aconsumergroupcalledthedecision"commonsense".Its
aidconsumersarenotconfusedbysoysteaksorchickpea-basedsaus
agesbecausetheyarelabelledasvegetarian.Itsaidtermslike"burger"a
nd"steak"helpconsumersunderstandhowtoplantheirmeals.Greenpe
acewonderedwhylivestockfarmerswereconfusedbythenameveggie
burger.Ittweeted:"Ifthey'reconfusedbytheword'veggieburger,'wha
tdotheythinka'hotdog'is?"

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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