a) The author is from Hong Kong. Do you think country life and city life in China are the same as here in Brazil?
b) Do you notice any stereotypes in the way you and your friends refer to people who live in the city or people who live in the countryside?
Let’s listen and talk!
Before you listen…
a) What do you know about organic farming?
b) Take a quick look at the text below. What kind of problem does it address?
Could Organic Farming Solve the World’s Food Problems?
The world’s food problem is not that there isn’t A food. It’s the fact that, the problem lies within the distribution of food. And, and, where there are food problems, (*1) arguably, you could (*2) say there are food problems in this country with obesity, (*3) but generally, the problems where there isn’t enough food tends to be in B countries, C countries. (*4) It is much more sustainable to have farmers using (*5) nature (*6) as a way of building their fertility and controlling their pests, (*7) than getting them D on expensive pesticides and other chemicals. And what happened to India, during the E revolution, was that (*8) chemical companies (*9) marketed their produces at these poor, poverty stricken farmers, (*10) promising them increased yield. But, actually, what happened was, they then got locked into this cycle of dependence on chemicals, and they couldn’t afford to buy them, and then they couldn’t afford to feed their families, and send their children to school. (*11) It is a much moreF way of farming to use G methods. And, certainly, what’s happening in Ethiopia, (*12), the poster boy of poverty and famine, is that the agriculture minister is encouraging farmers to (*13) use H methods because they see that as the most I, surefire way to feed their population.
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Man potting plants in his backyard.
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ÁUDIO 2 1. You are going to listen to Melissa Kidd, Soil Association Information Officer, giving advice on an important current issue: organic farming. Listen to the recording and do the activities.
a) Choose the adequate adjectives from the box to replace each capital letter. Use your notebook to write the correct combination of letters–adjectives.
ÁUDIO 2 b) In this recording, there are some typical features of spoken language. We have numbered in the transcription on the previous page some of the moments where they can be identified. Listen again and, in your notebook, number the cases and expressions below accordingly. See an example: “I mean”: *1.