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dateline: 24 January 2011

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Report Warns Global Hunger is Imminent

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • imminent: close at hand; could happen soon
  • urgent: requiring quick action or response
  • examine: to look at or study closely
  • chief advisor: the person who is in charge of overseeing a project
  • policy maker: a person in the government who comes up with rules and regulations
  • consumption: the taking in of something (food and drink)
  • obesity: the carrying of too much weight on one’s body (usually caused by overeating and lack of exercise)
  • tackle: to try to fix a problem
  • malnourished: to not have enough vitamins and nutrients to sustain a healthy body

Report Warns Global Hunger is Imminent

A two-year study organized by the UK suggests that urgent action is required to prevent global hunger by the year 2050. Four hundred experts from 35 countries worked together to examine things such as farming, climate, and . The world’s population is expected to grow to 8.3 billion people in the next 20 years. Science professor Sir John Beddington, the chief advisor in the study, says that in 20 years from now the world will need 40% more food, 30% more fresh water and 50% more energy. He said policy makers will need to food production, climate change and water shortages as a whole rather than as separate problems. The report recommends that humans greatly reduce the consumption of foods that a lot of energy to produce. Obesity and food waste are two of the major challenges that need to be tackled in industrialized countries. about a billion people overeat, a billion people are hungry, and another billion are malnourished.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was the main conclusion that came out of this study?
  2. Who is Sir John Beddington?
  3. About how many people are currently starving in the world?

Discussion Question: The report suggests that the whole food system needs to be redesigned. What are some things that everyday people can do to prevent global hunger from becoming a reality?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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