Listen to the audio, and try to identify when the passive voice was used. As an exercise, try to change the entire paragraph into the simple past.
Questions: Which country is the world’s biggest exporter of bananas? What happens after bananas are harvested? What happens after they were transported to seaports?
are (were) harvested/transported, are (were) washed/weighed, are (were) packaged/loaded, are (were) loaded/delivered, are (were) sold.
Ecuador is the world’s biggest exporter of bananas. After they are harvested, they are transported to an air-conditioned storage facility, where they are washed and weighed. From the seaport, they are loaded onto trucks and delivered to grocery stores and supermarkets.
Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world. A banana travels quite far before it ends up in our kitchens. Ecuador is the world’s biggest exporter of bananas. At first, bananas are harvested, and transported to an air-conditioned storage facility, where they are washed and weighed. Then, the bunches are packaged and loaded onto a cargo ship, which transports them to seaports around the world. From there, they are loaded onto trucks and delivered to grocery stores and supermarkets, where they are sold to consumers.
to harvest – gather (a crop) as a harvest
to weigh – find out how heavy (someone or something) is, typically using scales
to deliver – bring and hand over (a letter, parcel, or ordered goods) to the proper recipient
facility – a place, amenity, or piece of equipment provided for a particular purpose
storage – space available for storing/keeping something
seaport – a town or city with a harbor for seagoing ships.