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Activist: Food producers irradiate food in order to prolong [#permalink]
01 Mar 2007, 12:37
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Activist: Food producers irradiate food in order to prolong its shelf life. Five animal studies were recently conducted to investigate whether this process alters food in a way that could be dangerous to people who eat it. The studies concluded that irradiated food is safe for human to eat. However, because these studies were subsequently found by a panel of independent scientists to be seriously flawed in their methodology, it follows that irradiated food is not safe for human consumption.
The reasoning in the activistâ€™s argument is flawed because that argument
(A) treats a failure to prove a claim as constituting proof of the denial of that claim
(B) treat methodological flaws in past studies as proof that it is currently not possible to devise methodologically adequate alternatives
(C) fails to consider the possibility that even a study whose methodology has no serious flaws nonetheless might provide only weak support for itâ€™s conclusion
(D) fails to consider the possibility that what is safe for animals might not always be safe for human beings
(E) fails to establish that the independent scientists know more about food irradiation than do the people who produced the five studies