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Hva skal vi spise i fremtiden?

Er det insekter? Eller hva med litt sjøgress? Befolkningsvekst og klimautfordringer gjør at vi må tenke på nye måter. I kapittelet «Food for thought» i Enter 9, lærer elevene blant annet om fremtidens mat.

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Future foods

Rising food prices, a growing population and environmental concerns are the reasons why food experts say that in the future we will have to rethink what we eat. So what might we be serving up in 20 years time?

Sea vegetables

Algae and seaweed can feed humans and animals and can be grown in the ocean. That is a big bonus where there is a lack of fresh water. The great thing about seaweed is that it grows very quickly; it is the fastest growing plant on earth. Therefore, seaweed farms could easily be very successful. Seaweed is eaten fresh or dried and can replace salt in different kinds of food.
There are about 10,000 types of seaweed in the world and the flavour can vary a lot. However, only a tiny part of edible sea vegetables is used in food, mostly in Japan. Seaweed can be used in sushi, salads, main courses and as snacks. Fresh seaweed does not keep well, so it is best to buy it dried.

Insects

Insects are a great source of protein. They also cost less to raise than cattle, consume less water and do not have much of a carbon footprint. There are about 1,400 species of insect that are edible. Large parts of the world’s population already eat insects as a regular part of their diet. Caterpillars and locusts are popular in Africa. Wasps are a delicacy in Japan.

Wasp crackers

Wasp crackers are popular in Japan. They have real wasps baked right into them.

Bamboo worms

Bamboo worms are popular in Thailand. They are an insect larvae snack. They are high in protein and fibre and low in fat.

Scorpions

Scorpions on a stick are popular in China. Most people say they are crunchy, without much of a taste.
Food Source Insects

Activities: 

Reading to understand

Complete these sentences using information from the text.

We have to rethink what we eat because …

b You do not need to add salt to a seaweed salad because …

Using insects as food helps to save the planet because …

d Caterpillars are more nutritious than minced beef because …

Seaweed farmers can earn a lot of money because …

f You should buy dried seaweed instead of fresh because …

Speech

You are giving a speech at a conference about Future Foods. Your task is to convince the audience to eat differently.

Use facts and arguments from the text when you plan your speech.

b Give the speech in class.

What was good about your speech?

Speaking

You are giving a presentation about food traditions and future trends at a food conference for students. Choose one of these topics: vegetarian food, kosher food, vegan food, halal food, organic food, locally grown food. 

Explain:

  • What kinds of food can be eaten and what should be avoided.
  • reasons why people keep to this diet.
  • advantages and disadvantages of this diet.

Article

People around the world are starving. In the US, one in six people struggles with hunger. How can future foods solve this problem? Write an article.

Digital skills

What will we eat in the future?
Find two reliable internet sources and answer these questions.

a Give examples of future foods.

b Find reasons why we have to rethink what we eat.

c Find names of experts or organisations that give reliable information on these topics.

d What makes these sources reliable?

Numbers

This recipe uses American measurements. 

a Find out how many ml there are in a cup.

b Find out how to convert ounces to grams.

c Convert the recipe into metric measurements.

d Convert 375 °F to Celsius.

 

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