listening lab 1018

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  What is a major contributor to pollution?    

 

2.  According to Impossible Burger, what makes meat taste like meat?    

 

3.  Can you get an Impossible Burger or Beyond Meat products at supermarkets?    

 

4.  What is Bill Gates' connection to Beyond Meat?    

 

5.  What is one of the three benefits of fake meat mentioned in this article?

 

 
Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
 
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。
   

 

The Future of Meat
      
      Meat is everywhere in the American diet.  We consume it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even some snacks, like beef jerky and chicken nuggets, are made from meat.  The average American eats more than 220 pounds of beef, pork or chicken per year, and that number is an all-time high.  Meat production is already a major contributor to pollution.  If we continue eating more and more meat year after year, that will spell disaster for the environment.  But what if there were a way to make meat without raising animals? Two companies have already started selling this futuristic food.
 
   Impossible Foods spent years trying to find out what makes meat taste like meat. They studied the smell and texture and even the sizzle of meat, and then they recreated the precise flavors, textures, aromas, and nutrition of ground beef using only plants. They say heme (the iron-rich molecule in blood that carries oxygen and is responsible for blood's deep-red color) is the secret ingredient, and they have found a plant-based source of heme for their burgers.  According to their website, making an Impossible Burger uses about 1/20th the land, 1/4th the water, and produces 1/8th the greenhouse gas emissions compared to making a real beef burger.  At the moment, the Impossible Burger is served exclusively in restaurants.  If you go to the company's website, you can find a location near you.

   Beyond Meat also attempts to mimic real beef.  Beets provide the meaty red hue, peas provide the protein, and coconut oil and potato starch ensure juiciness and texture. Beyond Meat was first sold in upscale supermarkets, and it is sold in the meat case alongside the real thing.  The brand has now recently moved into restaurants. The company has some famous investors, including Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio, and it hopes to expand to over 50 countries in the next two years.      
 
   These fake meats promise to help us reduce our dependence on meat. That is good for the environment, but it might also be good for our wallets and waistlines.  Our wallets will benefit because as fake meats become more popular, production costs will come down, and fake meat will become much cheaper than the real thing.   Our waistlines will also benefit because people who eat mostly plant-based foods, as opposed to animal-based foods, tend to weigh less and have fewer health problems.  Reviews of these products are very positive.  If they do really taste as good as meat, I think many people who currently eat meat will switch to the fake meats of the future!  
 
 

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

1.  What is a major contributor to pollution?

Meat production is.    

 

2.  According to Impossible Burger, what makes meat taste like meat?

Heme does.   

 

3.  Can you get an Impossible Burger or Beyond Meat products at supermarkets?

You can get Beyond Meat products there.    

 

4.  What is Bill Gates' connection to Beyond Meat?

He is an investor.    

 

5.  What is one of the three benefits of fake meat mentioned in this article?

One is that fake meat is better for the environment.

One is that fake meat will cost less than real meat soon.

One is that fake meat will be better for our health.

 

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