The U.S. government has said a new, genetically modified potato is OK to eat, but McDonald's said it will not use it in its French fries and hash browns. The potato company said it changed the DNA of normal potatoes to make the vegetables better. It said the new potato has less sugar and fewer things inside it that can give people cancer. It also said the potatoes are stronger. It was confident that people would buy the new potato in supermarkets. McDonald's made a statement about the new potato. It said: "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices." The company didnot say what it thought of McDonald's not using its new potato.
French fries are one of the most commonly eaten foods in the world. They are very popular with fast food restaurants. The expression 'French Fried Potatoes' was first used in English in an 1856 book called 'Cookery for Maids of All Work'. In the early 20th century, the term 'French fried' was being used to mean 'deep-fried'. Food historians say French fries actually come from Belgium and not France. Both countries say they were the first company to cook French fries. Belgians say the word 'French fries' is used instead of 'Belgian fries' because France has a worldwide image for good food. Some people think the term 'French' was used when U.S. soldiers arrived in Europe during World War I.
美国政府说转基因土豆是能够食用的，但是麦当劳的薯条和薯饼将不会使用此类土豆。土豆公司说这种技术改变了普通土豆的基因组织，这会让蔬菜更加美味 。他们说这种新型土豆的糖分有所减少，并缺少一些普通土豆应该含有的成分，因为普通土豆更容易让人们患上癌症 。这样的土豆会更坚硬 。人们坚信消费者会去超市购买这种全新土豆 。麦当劳对这种新土豆进行了声明 。它说：“麦当劳没有获取到这种转基因土豆，目前我们也没有计划来改变这一现状 。”但是该企业称麦当劳没有说不使用这种土豆 。
1.genetically modified 转基因
As pests and diseases evolve and spread, crops genetically modified to resist them could boost production,or at least maintain yields.
2.fast food 快餐
Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle.
When we got home Mum would have "French Toast" ready for us. This was bread deep-fried in lard.
4.hash browns 薯饼
A full English Breakfast – it must have beans sausages bacon eggs mushrooms hash browns and toast.
1.What did the U.S. government say it was OK to do with the potato?
a) sell it
b) invest in it
c) eat it
d) plant it
2.What part of the potato did a potato company change?
a) the DNA
b) the eyes
c) the skin
d) the seeds
3.What is there less of in the new potato?
4.Where did a potato company say people would buy the new potato?
a) on farms
b) at a vegetable market
5.What did the potato company think of McDonald's?
a) very little
c) it didn't say
d) a lot
6.In what kind of restaurants are French fries very popular?
a) haute cuisine restaurants
b) fast food restaurants
c) French restaurants
d) street food stalls
7.When was the term "French Fried Potatoes" first used?
8.Where do food historians say French fries come from?
d) New York
9.How many countries say they were the first to make French fries?
10.Who arrived in Europe during WWI and used the term "French fries"?
a) American soldiers
c) potato farmers
d) cookery book writers