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dateline: 23 October 2019

Innovative Company Tackles Food Waste

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • innovative: focused on new ideas and solutions
  • tackle: to take on a big challenge
  • coating: a top layer
  • shelf life: how long an item is suitable for sale or consumption
  • peel: the outer layer of a fruit or vegetable
  • consume: to take into the body

Innovative Company Tackles Food Waste

A food company in the US has developed a natural coating that may double or the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Apeel Sciences says their natural spray like an extra peel and slows down water loss and oxidation. The spray has no smell, taste, or colour and is safe to consume. Several US grocery store are already testing the product on avocados. Approximately 40% of the food around the world goes to waste.

Comprehension Questions

1. Apeel Sciences has invented a way to

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Apeel Sciences has invented a way to increase the shelf life of produce.

2. Apeel's spray works on produce by

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Apeel's spray works on produce by slowing down water loss and oxidation.

3. Some American stores are already testing Apeel's coating on

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Some American stores are already testing Apeel's coating on avocados.

Discussion Questions

Why is this such an important invention?

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Written 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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