People in New Zealand look for food – level 3

15-04-2022 15:00

In New Zealand, inflation and price increases have sent food prices sky-high, and large numbers of people are foraging to get food.

Foraging is popular in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, where earthquakes demolished over 7,500 homes in 2010 and 2011. Local authorities designated a ‘red zone’ that was considered too unstable to rebuild buildings. Many backyard fruit trees were left to grow wild and continue to grow fruit, and they made it a heaven for food foragers.

In the beginning, many people came out of necessity, as they realized that they could pick and eat fruit, walnuts, or mushrooms for free. However, they quickly saw that foraging was a great way to

connect with nature, learn about seasons, and learn what grows in the seasons.

Difficult words: foraging (going from place to place and searching for things that you can eat or use), red zone (an area that’s dangerous or forbidden), forager (a person or animal that goes from place to place to search for things that they can eat or use).

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