Quality of Food Nowadays

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 18, 2020 and last updated on July 12, 2023

The topic of the quality of food nowadays serves as an excellent conversation topic for English learners, offering a multitude of opportunities for language improvement. Engaging in discussions about food quality enables learners to expand their vocabulary related to nutrition, agriculture and environmental issues. Moreover, exploring this topic encourages critical thinking as learners analyse the impact of food choices on health, sustainability and ethical considerations.

Discussing the quality of food promotes the development of persuasive arguments, the ability to express opinions and the enhancement of overall communication skills, empowering learners to make informed decisions about their own dietary choices.

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 Quality of Food Nowadays

In today’s world, the quality of food has become a pressing concern. With the rise of industrialisation, globalisation, and modern agricultural practices, questions about the nutritional value, safety and sustainability of the food we consume have gained prominence. From the use of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the prevalence of processed foods and the impact on environmental resources, the topic of the quality of food nowadays encompasses a broad spectrum of considerations.

Exploring this topic prompts us to examine our food choices, advocate for transparency and seek solutions that prioritise health, ethics and ecological well-being.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • fundamental (adjective)
  • requirement (noun)
  • availability (noun)
  • quality (noun)
  • modified (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Was food better or worse 100 years ago?
  • What are the main differences in the food that we eat now compared to 100 years ago?
  • Do you think that food was more natural and nutritious 100 years ago?
  • Do you think unhealthy food is a big problem in today’s society?
  • What factors do you consider when determining the quality of food?
  • How important is it to you to know where your food comes from?
  • What are some common food labeling terms you are familiar with? (e.g., organic, GMO-free)
  • In your opinion, which is more important: taste or nutritional value?
  • Are you concerned about the use of pesticides in food production? Why or why not?
  • How can individuals make healthier food choices in their daily lives?
  • Should governments implement stricter food labeling regulations to provide more transparency to consumers?
  • Is it the responsibility of individuals or governments to ensure the quality and safety of the food supply?
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.