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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

At a recent meeting on environmental threats off the coast of the state of Maine, most participants favored uniform controls on the quality of food fed to salmon species in fish farms located along the coast of the state. Such controls were overwhelmingly supported without regard to whether or not specific environmental damage could be linked to a particular type of food being used. What must, of course, be shown, in order to mitigate the risk of excessively restrictive controls, is that _____ .

(A) all agreed upon controls that are uniform in nature will be implemented without any delay

(B) all fish foods that will be the subject of controls are known to actually cause environmental damage off the coast of Maine

(C) the meeting participants favoring uniform controls are primarily from an industry that competes with the salmon farmers

(D) all of the chemicals that are ingredients in some of the controlled substances are known to cause environmental damage

(E) the environmental damage that has historically been caused by the dangerous fish foods is not reversible in the foreseeable future, if ever

Correct Answer: B

The correct answer to this question is (B).

This is an EXPLAIN/RESOLVE question, requiring the test taker to resolve a discrepancy that exists between the implementation of uniform controls and the requirement that such controls not be excessively restrictive.

Choice A is incorrect as the speed at which controls are implemented is out of scope.

Choice B is the correct answer, as it eliminates from the controls any fish foods that are not harmful to the environment.

Choice C is incorrect as the nature of the meeting participants is out of scope.

Choice D is incorrect as overly restrictive controls are not minimized by the knowledge that one or more of the substances have ingredients that harm the environment.

Answer choice E is incorrect as the nature of the prior damage is out of scope.

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C? Since environment damage is not linked

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Guess the option is B
In the previous line, it has been mentioned about the lack of evidence on food affecting the environment....


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Question Type: Complete the passage

Premise: Uniform controls on foods fed to Salmons in fish farms, is favored, with any disregard whether the foods cause any real environmental damage or the extent of their damage.

Conclusion: The conclusion is trying to mitigate the risk of possibility of putting excessive controls on the foods & we need to provide a strengthener to this conclusion, which will justify why a food is under the list of controlled foods.


A) all agreed upon controls that are uniform in nature will be implemented without any delay - Irrelevant. Incorrect

B) all fish foods that will be the subject of controls are known to actually cause environmental damage off the coast of Maine - Correct, this will justify if a food is controlled due to its causing environmental damage & will not have a food which doesn't cause any environmental damage to come under the list.

C) the meeting participants favoring uniform controls are primarily from an industry that competes with the salmon farmers _ Irrelevant. Incorrect.

D) all of the chemicals that are ingredients in some of the controlled substances are known to cause environmental damage - "some" but we need to know for all, otherwise there can be excessive control, as foods that don't cause any environmental damage might be viewed otherwise. Incorrect

E) the environmental damage that has historically been caused by the dangerous fish foods is not reversible in the foreseeable future, if ever. - Incorrect, this does not mitigate the risk of accidentally including safer foods under the controlled list.


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Situation: During the meeting, most participants favored uniform controls on the quality of food fed to salmon species in fish farms without considering whether a particular food caused any real environmental damage or the extent of a food's damage to environment. However, the author wants to mitigate the risk of excessively restrictive controls.

So any point that strengthens the author's argument that will be the correct choice.

A) all agreed upon controls that are uniform in nature will be implemented without any delay. - Incorrect. This option is irrelevant as timing of implementation is not the concern.

B) all fish foods that will be the subject of controls are known to actually cause environmental damage off the coast of Maine. - Correct. This option suggest that a food should be controlled on the basis of its effect on environmental.

C) the meeting participants favoring uniform controls are primarily from an industry that competes with the salmon farmers. -Incorrect. This option is irrelevant as it doesn't matter which industry the majority of the participants presented.

D) all of the chemicals that are ingredients in some of the controlled substances are known to cause environmental damage. - Incorrect. This option is wrong because we are not concerned whether "all of the chemicals" of a controlled food cause any environmental damage or not. Our aim is to just identify foods on the basis of its overall effect on the environment.

E) the environmental damage that has historically been caused by the dangerous fish foods is not reversible in the foreseeable future, if ever. - Incorrect. This option is irrelevant.

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