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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 plan’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.

THE OA IS B. However, I do not agree with the OA?

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02 Aug 2008, 21:32
x97agarwal wrote:
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 plan’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.

THE OA IS B. However, I do not agree with the OA?

why not? B is the only logical answer, even if you don't think so, you can eliminate all the other choices easily.

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02 Aug 2008, 21:43
x97agarwal wrote:
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 plan’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. -> irrelevant
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. -> irrelevant
E. The species of insect that has infested cotton plants has never been known to
attack soybean plants. -> irrelevant

THE OA IS B. However, I do not agree with the OA?

Reading the stem i derive the funda that cotton prices increased because of decreased supply because of insect attacks hence any step which does the opposite will spoil the plan of farmers .
hece any increase in cotton supply will weaken the success rate of their plan. hence we are left with only two options valid , B and C

im actually confused between B and C since B which talks about pesticides does not say anywher in argument farmers are using these pesticides in cotton farms
As far as C is concerned ,it says demand remains stagnant for cotton hence when more farmers produce cotton will increase the supply thereby leading to reduced cost of cotton .But here no mention of insect infestation role,But still this appears more close to argument

Hence I go for C
IMO C
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