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Fridge of the Future – Topical Tuesdays Activities from First News

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The Great Exhibition Road Festival is in London in June 2024 and includes a Future Food Zone. What will our future fridge look like and how might our diets change? In this article, experts at Imperial College London give their opinions.


Some people are suggesting that bugs should be on the menu in the future. Would you ever be happy about eating them? Do you worry that it’s against our nature? Does it make you feel too squeamish? Or, assuming you’re not a vegetarian or vegan, do you just think why not? If it helps to save the planet, would you think it’s worth it? As long as they are tasty, do you feel that it doesn’t matter what the animal is? What do you think?

Writing skills

Cafés and restaurants try to write enticing descriptions of the various dishes they offer. Your challenge is to create a menu made entirely of bug-based meals, each with a short, appetising description. For example, Hive Surprise: fresh garden bees marinated in their own honey and served on a slice of honeycomb. This is a chance to show your creativity and persuasive skills while having some fun.


Write a recipe for an imagined bug-based snack, such as cricket cakes instead of Rice Krispie cakes. Remember to use all the features of an instructional text, including an introduction, a ‘What you need’ section and numbered, sequenced points telling the reader what to do. As an extra challenge, why not add a serving suggestion?


Research and present a fact file about the way humans use land for meat production. Try to provide at least five points backed by relevant numbers.

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