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Production of Biofuels Set to Rise

 

 

PRE - LISTENING

21 Look at these causes of rising food prices. Discuss what the world should do to stop the rises. Write your ideas in the table. (Think of OPEC, oil pipelines, cartels, contraception, the materials for the production of biofuels, pollution etc.)

rising oil prices  
population increase  
biofuels  
global warming  

 

22 Match the following synonyms from the article:

  1) set a) to push up
  2) rapidly b) disadvantaged
  3) to boost c) appearing
  4) fueling d) quickly
  5) springing up e) to form
  6) critics f) ready
  7) to make up g) difference
  8) to influence h) stimulating
  9) gap i) to affect
110) have – nots j) commentators
         

 

1…, 2…, 3…, 4…, 5…, 6…, 7…, 8…, 9…, 10…

 

 

23 Now listen to the recording and fill in the gaps.

The world’s production of biofuels is set to……………….. over the next ten years. This is according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The report stated that ………………… global demand for biofuels will “boost international trade” over ……………... This is because of rising concerns about global warming and the…………… for alternative energies. Governments around the world are desperate to reduce the amount of………………………… they use so they can meet their CO2 targets. The current record price of oil is fueling the scramble for………………... New biofuel production plants are springing up in developed countries all over the world. The race is on to produce clean and economically-friendly biofuels that will provide ……………………. of the energy needs in the major world economies. Biofuels are not without their critics. Many people believe they are a major cause of the current rise in food prices. Industry analysts disagree and say biofuels………………. only five percent of these increases, and that supply and demand is more to blame. However, it seems that a sharp rise in ……………………….. would greatly influence food prices. This is because more wheat, seeds, palm oil and sugar would go into making biofuels instead of feeding people and farm animals. There is a danger that food riots could spread across the world, even to rich countries. People would have cheaper fuel for their cars but more expensive food on store shelves. This would greatly increase the gap between the…………… In October 2007, a United Nations spokesperson called biofuels a "crime against humanity".

 

 


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