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Farmers who switched from synthetic to organic farming last year have

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Farmers who switched from synthetic to organic farming last year have seen their crop yields decline. Many of these farmers feel that it would be too expensive to resume synthetic farming at this point, given the money that they invested in organic farming supplies and equipment. But their investments will be relatively minor compared to the losses from continued lower crop yields. Organic farmers should switch to synthetic farming rather than persist in an unwise course. And the choice to farm organically is financially unwise, given that it was motivated by environmental rather than economic concerns.

Which of the following is an assumption involved in the argument above?


A. Productivity does not increase with farmers accumulating experience in case of organic farming.

B. Continued practice of synthetic farming would not damage the ecosystem of agricultural fields to such an extent that the fields would become wholly or partially barren.

C. The farmers have retained, despite having shifted to organic farming, their synthetic farming equipment.

D. The farmers have access to sufficient funds.

E. Decisions with financial implications should not be motivated by economic concerns alone.
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New post 14 Apr 2019, 05:28
IMO B .


The conclusion is that

"farmers should switch back to syntehtic farming to reduce losses due to lower crops yields in organic farming "

So synthetic farming has a better crop yields ,hence more money



Here we can apply the negation test on each


A. It talks about the productivity of farmers .

This is out of context , we are talking about the crop yields


B. if we negate his statement then it will weaken the argument,

if they land turns barren, it will result in lower yields and the conclusion says that they should switch to synthetic farming due to higher yields .


we can keep it for now .


C. it does not have any impact on conclusion


D . Out of context ,
we are talking about the switch back to synthetic farming

E. Argument says environmental factors , this option talks something else . Eliminate


So option B is best choice

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New post 14 Apr 2019, 05:53
IMO B

Only A and B are close

A. Productivity does not increase with farmers accumulating experience in case of organic farming.---
negated A: Productivity does increase with farmers accumulating experience in case of organic farming.----But it does not state the extent to which the productivity would increase, whether it will be to the amount equal or more or less in comparison to synthetic farming.


B. Continued practice of synthetic farming would not damage the ecosystem of agricultural fields to such an extent that the fields would become wholly or partially barren.
Negated B: if the ecosystem would be damaged than farmers wont be able to grow crops, hence there will be no crop, then no income,,means total financial loss
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