Organic Food

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 21, 2019 and last updated on February 4, 2023

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. This is because it costs more money for farmers to grow and sell their products without using pesticides or fertilizers. As a result, many people say that they can’t afford organic food when they shop at their local grocery stores or farmers’ markets.

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.

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

  • 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?
  • Is the difference worth the extra money you pay for organic food?
  • How important is it to eat organic food for good health?
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.