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# Insect infestations in certain cotton-growing regions of the

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Insect infestations in certain cotton-growing regions of the world have caused dramatic increases in the price of cotton on the world market. By contrast, the price of soybeans has long remained stable. Knowing that cotton plants mature quickly, many soybean growers in Ortovia plan to cease growing soybeans and begin raising cotton instead, thereby taking advantage of the high price of cotton to increase their income significantly, at least over the next several years.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the planâ€™s chances for success?

A. The cost of raising soybeans has increased significantly over the past several years and is expected to continue to climb.
B. Tests of a newly developed, inexpensive pesticide have shown it to be both environmentally safe and effective against the insects that have infested cotton crops.
C. In the past several years, there has been no sharp increase in the demand for cotton and for goods made out of cotton.
D. Few consumers would be willing to pay significantly higher prices for cotton goods than they are now paying.
E. The species of insect that has infested cotton plants has never been known to attack soybean plants.
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23 Jul 2006, 18:41
I would go with C
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23 Jul 2006, 18:46
B?
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23 Jul 2006, 18:52
I am standing by D

C is close, but it isn't talking about the idea of making more money for the farmers, who are swithcing to cotton because its price is higher

D says that few people are going to pay high price and if that is the case, then how are the farmers who are switching from soybean production are going to make more money?

A B and E are out of scope

Clear D to me

PS... another weakening option I had in my mind before I read the answers was that the price of insect infestations was very high and would offset the possible profits.
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23 Jul 2006, 21:47
I think it should be B.

The passage states that infestation by insects is the cause of the high price of cotton. And because of this price, farmers are considering growing cotton.

If a pesticide is used which is effective again infestation, the prices will drop to normal levels. ( infestation is the only cause given for the price rise).

What I dont like about D, is the we are drawing an inference that seems a little out of scope. We are talking about cottons products but no such thing is mentioned in the passage.
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23 Jul 2006, 22:16
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I think it should be B.

The passage states that infestation by insects is the cause of the high price of cotton. And because of this price, farmers are considering growing cotton.

If a pesticide is used which is effective again infestation, the prices will drop to normal levels. ( infestation is the only cause given for the price rise).

What I dont like about D, is the we are drawing an inference that seems a little out of scope. We are talking about cottons products but no such thing is mentioned in the passage.

Was choosing C.. But read all teh explanation.. I agree that B is better than D and C..

C also weakens in a way by implying that demand and supply are fixed. So if these guys grow more cotton, then supply will be more than demand. And so prices will come down and these guys won't make that extra money they are planning to ..

I agree that B is better than C.
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23 Jul 2006, 23:04
Between B and D, B looks better.
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23 Jul 2006, 23:14
to me...D looks better...
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24 Jul 2006, 00:11
B for me
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24 Jul 2006, 01:17
Another vote for B
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24 Jul 2006, 09:30
OA is B .....I got cought by D gr......
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