Suncorp, a new corporation with limited funds, has
been clearing large sections of the tropical Amazon
forest for cattle ranching. This practice continues
even though greater profits can be made from rubber
tapping, which does not destroy the forest, than from
cattle ranching, which does destroy the forest.
Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain
why Suncorp has been pursuing the less profitable of
the two economic activities mentioned above?
(A) The soil of the Amazon forest is very rich in
nutrients that are important in the development
of grazing lands.
(B) Cattle-ranching operations that are located in
tropical climates are more profitable than
cattle-ranching operations that are located in
(C) In certain districts, profits made from cattle
ranching are more heavily taxed than profits
made from any other industry.
(D) Some of the cattle that are raised on land
cleared in the Amazon are killed by wildcats.
(E) The amount of money required to begin a
rubber-tapping operation is twice as high as the
amount needed to begin a cattle ranch.