Organic Food

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 21, 2019 and last updated on May 28, 2023

The topic of organic food is an excellent conversation topic for English learners as it offers opportunities to expand vocabulary, practice expressing opinions, and improve communication skills.

Exploring this topic allows learners to discuss the benefits of organic food, its impact on health and the environment and engage in discussions about sustainable agriculture. Through conversations about organic food, English learners can enhance their language proficiency, broaden their knowledge about healthy eating choices, and develop critical thinking abilities.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Organic Food

Organic food is an important part of a healthy diet. It’s grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers, and it doesn’t contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic food also tends to have more nutrients than conventional produce.

Organic food is becoming more popular every year, but there are some challenges to growing it. For example, it takes longer to produce organic fruits and vegetables than conventional ones. This means that there may not always be enough supply to meet demand. Another challenge is that the cost of organic food can be more expensive than non-organic foods. As a result, many people say that they can’t afford organic food when they shop at their local grocery stores or farmers’ markets.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • organic (adjective)
  • pesticide (noun)
  • rip-off (adjective)
  • overpriced (adjective)
  • healthy (adjective)
  • health (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Should we eat only organic food?
  • Do you buy organic food? If yes, why? If not, why not? If yes, what organic food do you buy?
  • Do you think organic food is too expensive?
  • What are the main benefits of organic food?
  • How important is it for you to know where your food comes from?
  • Does organic food really have better taste and flavor compared to conventionally grown food?
  • Is the difference worth the extra money you pay for organic food?
  • How do you think the demand for organic food has changed in recent years?
  • How can we encourage more people to choose organic food options?
  • If organic food became the norm, how do you think it would impact conventional farming practices?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.