Pesticides : GMAT Verbal Section
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# Pesticides

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03 Nov 2006, 19:07
D

Negate D and everything about the argument falls apart. If the pesticides penetrate the skin of the veggies, it really doesn't matter whether the pesticde was organic or inorganic. You can wash veggies with water or alcohol, but doesn't help anymore.
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03 Nov 2006, 19:08
D

Negate D and everything about the argument falls apart. If the pesticides penetrate the skin of the veggies, it really doesn't matter whether the pesticde was organic or inorganic. You can wash veggies with water or alcohol, but doesn't help anymore.
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03 Nov 2006, 21:43
Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits and vegetables for several days after spraying, whereas organic pesticides dissipate within a few hours after application, leaving the surface of the sprayed produce free of pesticide residue. Therefore, when purchasing from a farm that uses inorganic pesticides, one must be careful to wash the produce thoroughly before eating it to prevent the ingestion of toxins. But one need not worry about ingesting pesticides when purchasing from farms that use only organic pesticides.

The argument above assumes that

A Consumers are aware of the origins of the produce they purchase.
B Produce from farms that use organic pesticides reaches the consumer within hours after it is picked or harvested.
C No farm uses both organic and inorganic pesticides.
D No pesticide is capable of penetrating the skin of a fruit or vegetable.
E The use of either type of pesticide does not increase the cost of produce.

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03 Nov 2006, 21:52
Consumers do not need to worry if the farms use organic pesticide because 'Produce from farms that use organic pesticides reaches the consumer within hours after it is picked or harvested. '

B looks good.
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03 Nov 2006, 22:30
I will go for D.

B is stated in the passage - premise

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03 Nov 2006, 23:03
I want to say C.
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03 Nov 2006, 23:12
Yeah I will go with D also.

B would actually be an answer if you were asked to weaken the argument since that would prove that you could ingest organic pesticides.

C is wrong since the conclusion states that you are purchasing from farms that use ONLY organic pesticides

D is correct since the conslusion is about whether you will ingest pesticides when eating organic fruit, not about whether organic fruit is better than the inorganic fruit. It hink this is the key here is to recognize what the conclusion says even though the rest of the passage is comparing the two things.
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03 Nov 2006, 23:14
I think A - The author assumes the buyer knows which farms use organic/inorganic pesticides and can they follow the appropriate precautions.

C would be my next choice.
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03 Nov 2006, 23:16
D for me
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03 Nov 2006, 23:18
You have to look at what the actual conclusion states. A can't be right since the conclusion doesn't state that consumers should be buying organic fruit, just that when they do decide to buy it, they will not ingest pesticides.
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04 Nov 2006, 06:45
OE/OE?
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04 Nov 2006, 10:09
agree with the D gang!
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05 Nov 2006, 12:00
B for me. Conclusion is not to worry about ingesting pesticides from organic pesticides. The authors means that organic pesticides disintegrate within hours of application so if the veggies are bought after the organic pesticides disintegrate there is no question of ingesting pesticides.

please correct me if i m wrong.

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05 Nov 2006, 12:10
nischalb wrote:
Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits and vegetables for several days after spraying, whereas organic pesticides dissipate within a few hours after application, leaving the surface of the sprayed produce free of pesticide residue. Therefore, when purchasing from a farm that uses inorganic pesticides, one must be careful to wash the produce thoroughly before eating it to prevent the ingestion of toxins. But one need not worry about ingesting pesticides when purchasing from farms that use only organic pesticides.

The argument above assumes that

A Consumers are aware of the origins of the produce they purchase.
B Produce from farms that use organic pesticides reaches the consumer within hours after it is picked or harvested.
C No farm uses both organic and inorganic pesticides.
D No pesticide is capable of penetrating the skin of a fruit or vegetable.
E The use of either type of pesticide does not increase the cost of produce.

Inorganic - wash and eat because pesticides stay on the surface for longer duratoin
Organic - are clean within hours - no need to wash -

Therefore we must assume that beyond the surface of the veggies we needn't worry about anything else. What happens though if the pesticides go right into the skin of the veggies? The argument must assume that this would NOT be the case.
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05 Nov 2006, 13:40
Clear D.
05 Nov 2006, 13:40
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