A recent survey has found that Italians are making better use of scraps and leftovers as a result of the economic crisis. 59 percent of Italian families are reusing pasta, bread and vegetables to try to make their food last longer. Traditional recipes are regaining popularity, like “panzanella”, a salad which contains stale bread, olive oil and tomatoes. This new trend should help cut down on food waste – Italians throw away 10 million tonnes of food every year. There are many anti-waste recipes in traditional Italian cooking: with cheap ingredients and a little imagination you can produce delicious dishes.
Read by Ale (Italian/Scottish accent)
Study the wordsSurvey– a study in which people answer questions Scraps– pieces of unused food Leftovers– unused food Reusing– using for a second time Last longer– be useful for a longer time Regaining popularity– becoming popular again Stale– not fresh Cut down on– reduce Waste– rubbish Throw away– dispose of Anti-waste – which don’t result in food being thrown away
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Do the takeaway test: italians love leftovers
- Italians ‘reusing scraps and leftover food’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Over half of crisis-hit Italians recycle food leftovers: report (news.yahoo.com)