The Reading / Listening - Eating Bugs - Level 4

Insects are a great source of protein. We may soon see them on our dinner tables as traditional livestock farming is becoming more unsustainable. Insect farming is more environmentally friendly. One kilogram of insect protein needs about 10 per cent of the resources used to make a kilo of beef. Eating insects may be one answer to producing food for the world's growing population. By 2050 this is expected to be 9.8 billion, up from the current 7.7 billion.

The insect farming industry is growing. Hundreds of companies are creating meals made from bugs. They are in supermarkets and even in vending machines in Japan. You can buy a can of insect snacks, such as tarantula and scorpions. An Israeli insect farmer says there is a "yuck factor" to this. He said people will get used to the idea. He said: "I am convinced it will soon be widely accepted, just like eating raw fish in sushi was embraced."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Eating Bugs - Level 5 or  Eating Bugs - Level 6

Sources
    https://theconversation.com/more-people-are-eating-bugs-but-is-it-ethical-to-farm-insects-for-food-167248 https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58636969 https://sunlive.co.nz/news/277465-study-finds-kiwis-keen-on-eating-insects.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Insects are a great
  2. livestock farming is becoming more
  3. farming is more environmentally
  4. One kilogram of insect
  5. resources used to make
  6. Eating insects may
  7. producing food for the world's
  8. By 2050 this is expected
  1. protein
  2. growing population
  3. unsustainable
  4. be one answer
  5. source of protein
  6. to be 9.8 billion
  7. friendly
  8. a kilo of beef

Paragraph 2

  1. The insect farming
  2. creating meals made
  3. vending
  4. such as tarantula
  5. there is a yuck
  6. people will get used
  7. I am convinced it will soon
  8. just like eating raw
  1. be widely accepted
  2. machines
  3. fish in sushi
  4. industry is growing
  5. from bugs
  6. factor to this
  7. to the idea
  8. and scorpions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Insects are (1) ___________________ of protein. We may soon see them on our (2) ___________________ traditional livestock farming is becoming more unsustainable. Insect (3) ___________________ environmentally friendly. One kilogram of insect (4) ___________________ 10 per cent of the resources used to make a kilo of beef. Eating insects may (5) ___________________ to producing food for the world's growing population. By 2050 this is expected to be 9.8 billion, up (6) ___________________ 7.7 billion.

The insect farming (7) ___________________. Hundreds of companies are creating meals made from bugs. They are in supermarkets and even in (8) ___________________ Japan. You can buy a can of insect snacks, such as (9) ___________________. An Israeli insect farmer says there is a "(10) ___________________ this. He said people will get used to the idea. He said: "I am convinced it will soon (11) ___________________, just like (12) ___________________ in sushi was embraced."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Insectsareagreatsourceofprotein.Wemaysoonseethemonourdinner
tablesastraditionallivestockfarmingisbecomingmoreunsustainable.
Insectfarmingismoreenvironmentallyfriendly.Onekilogramofinsect
proteinneedsabout10percentoftheresourcesusedtomakeakiloofbee
f.Eatinginsectsmaybeoneanswertoproducingfoodfortheworld'sgrow
ingpopulation.By2050thisisexpectedtobe9.8billion,upfromthecurre
nt7.7billion.Theinsectfarmingindustryisgrowing.Hundredsofcompa
niesarecreatingmealsmadefrombugs.Theyareinsupermarketsande
veninvendingmachinesinJapan.Youcanbuyacanofinsectsnacks,such
astarantulaandscorpions.AnIsraeliinsectfarmersaysthereisa"yuckfa
ctor"tothis.Hesaidpeoplewillgetusedtotheidea.Hesaid:"Iamconvinc
editwillsoonbewidelyaccepted,justlikeeatingrawfishinsushiwasemb
raced."

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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