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  2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
  3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
  4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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WHO Says Processed Meat is Carcinogenic

dateline: 27 October 2015

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • declare: to make a formal announcement
  • cure: to preserve by smoking, drying, and/or salting
  • colon: part of the large intestine that removes water from solid food waste
  • non-conclusive: not certain

WHO Says Processed Meat is Carcinogenic

The World Health (WHO) has officially declared that processed meat is a cancer-causing food. Processed meat includes everything from sausages and bacon to salami and ham. recent studies, the salting and curing of this type of meat creates cancer-causing that increase the risk of colon cancer. The World Health Organization also declared that non-processed red meat is probably also cancer-causing, though studies were not as conclusive. Global research suggests that about 34,000 deaths per year are diets that are high in processed meats, while causes about 1 million deaths per year.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What announcement did the World Health Organization make?
  2. What examples of processed meat are given in this report?
  3. Why does this report mention smoking?

Discussion Questions: Most people already know that processed foods are not healthy. Do you think this announcement will cause many people to change the way they eat or the way they feed their families?

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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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