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# Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits

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27 Jun 2017, 19:09
I am quite confused with A and D. I understand why D is correct but A is a potential answer as well.
If the customer cannot distinguish whether the produce contains organic or inorganic.. How will he make a decision to wash or consume ? He should be aware of the source of the produce.
Also as someone mentioned, we are concerned about the toxins on the surface.
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27 Jun 2017, 19:11
agourav wrote:
The conclusion of the argument is that one need not worry about ingesting
pesticides when purchasing produce from farms that use only organic pesticides.
The basis for that claim is the fact that organic pesticides leave the surface of
produce within a few hours of spraying. In order for this argument to be valid, we
must assume that the organic pesticides do not harm the produce in any lasting
way.
(A) This is unrelated to the argument since the conclusion speaks about not
having to worry about ingesting produce on which only organic pesticides were
known to be used.
(B) If anything, this statement runs counter to what the argument is saying. If
produce that has been sprayed with organic pesticide reaches the final consumer
within hours after it is picked, it is possible that the consumer does need be
(C) The conclusion of the argument is already limited to those farms which use
"only organic pesticides."
(D) CORRECT. If a pesticide is capable of penetrating the skin of a fruit or
vegetable then, while the organic pesticide will dissipate from the surface of the
fruit in a few hours, it may remain inside the fruit. The author of this argument
assumes that the pesticides cannot penetrate the skin.
(E) The issue of cost is unrelated to the argument's conclusion about pesticide
residues.

Can you please tell how the conclusion is only restricted to Organic Pesticides. I see a conclusion marker "therefore" for the last two sentences.
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28 Jun 2017, 09:38
I have question regarding B
If instead of only organic pesticide sprinkled fruits , inorganic pesticide sprinkled fruits also reach market after plucking within an hour .
Will it then be a valid assumption?
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22 Aug 2017, 18:20
From the replies, I see that the conclusion is :
"But one need not worry about ingesting pesticides when purchasing from farms that use only organic pesticides."

However, from my understanding the conclusion includes both of these statements:
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.

Could someone help me understand what am I missing here? Thanks.
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24 Aug 2017, 13:05
Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits and vegetables for several days after spraying, while 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. -Out of scope. We are worried about the ingestion of the pesticides.
B Produce from farms that use organic pesticides reaches the consumer within hours after it is picked or harvested. -It is weakening the argument. If fruits reach people within hours then people would need to clean the fruits.
C No farm uses both organic and inorganic pesticides. -Out of scope. We are worried about the ingestion of pesticides.
D No pesticide is capable of penetrating the skin of a fruit or vegetable. -Correct. What if the pesticides could enter the fruit? If it was so, then the fruits would have to be peeled, cleaned and then eaten.
E The use of either type of pesticide does not increase the cost of produce. -We are not worried about the cost.
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06 Sep 2017, 20:01
jlgdr wrote:
vwjetty wrote:
Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits and vegetables for several days after spraying, while 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 pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits and vegetables for several days after spraying, while 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. THE ORIGINS? THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS WHETHER ORGANIC OR INORGANIC PESTICIDE IS USED - WRONG
B Produce from farms that use organic pesticides reaches the consumer within hours after it is picked or harvested. TOTALLY OUT OF SCOPE- WRONG
C No farm uses both organic and inorganic pesticides. EVEN IF FARMS USE BOTH, THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT A FRUIT WILL CONTAIN BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. NICE TRY- WRONG
D No pesticide is capable of penetrating the skin of a fruit or vegetable.- NOW IF ITS CAPABLE OF PENETRATING THE SKIN, THEN WHETHER INORGANIC OR ORGANIC WE DO NEED TO WORRY
E The use of either type of pesticide does not increase the cost of produce- THE DISCUSSION IS NOT ABOUT THE COST YOU CHEAP BASTARDS!- WRONG

Hope it helps

for the explanation of choice A
"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 origin(farm) indeed determines whether organic or inorganic pesticide is used.
Please correct me if my understanding is wrong.
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09 Sep 2017, 03:34
Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits and vegetables for several days after spraying, while 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.

Conclusion: …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

Falsification: What if the organic pesticides are absorbed by the fruits?

Possible assumption: The organic pesticides do not intoxicate the produce in any way.

The argument above assumes that

A Consumers are aware of the origins of the produce they purchase.
(If the origins mean the farm and the type of pesticides the farm uses ) The argument has mentioned the statement - “when purchasing from a farm…”. So, it means that consumers are aware of the origins of the produce they purchase. This option does not provide any new information.

B Produce from farms that use organic pesticides reaches the consumer within hours after it is picked or harvested.
If the produce reaches within hours after it is picked from the harvested, then the produce may have the pesticide on it. Therefore, the customer definitely needs to worry.

C No farm uses both organic and inorganic pesticides.
Negate: Some farms use both organic and inorganic pesticides.
The negated statement does not affect the conclusion.

D No pesticide is capable of penetrating the skin of a fruit or vegetable.
Negate: Some pesticides are capable of penetrating the skin of a fruit or vegetable.
If this fact were true, then organic pesticides do pose a threat. This information breaks the conclusion and hence the original option can be the assumption.

E The use of either type of pesticide does not increase the cost of produce.
Cost of produce is clearly out of scope.
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