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It is not reasonable to search out “organic” foods—those grown without the application of synthetic chemicals—as the only natural foods. A plant will take up the molecules it needs from the soil and turn them into the same natural compounds, whether or not those molecules come from chemicals applied to the soil. All compounds made by plants are part of nature, so all are equally natural.
The argument proceeds by
(A) redefining a term in a way that is favorable to the argument
(B) giving a reason why a recommended course of action would be beneficial
(C) appealing to the authority of scientific methods
(D) showing that a necessary condition for correctly applying the term “organic” is not satisfied
(E) reinterpreting evidence presented as supporting the position being rejected
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13 Jun 2010, 06:31
It is not reasonable to search out “organic” foods—those grown without the application of synthetic chemicals—as the only natural foods. A plant will take up the molecules it needs from the soil and turn them into the same natural compounds, whether or not those molecules come from chemicals applied to the soil. All compounds made by plants are part of nature, so all are equally natural.
The argument proceeds by
(A) redefining a term in a way that is favorable to the argument-
(B) giving a reason why a recommended course of action would be beneficial
The author is not recommending or suggesting any action to be taken. The term "organic" is being explained out.

(C) appealing to the authority of scientific methods
No appeal is being made and the argument does not refer to any specific scientific methods. Only a natural process is being explained out.

(D) showing that a necessary condition for correctly applying the term “organic” is not satisfied
The argument revolves around the defining what "organic" is. Though the first line questions the condition of applying the term "organic" the entire argument does not talk about just that specific condition.

(E) reinterpreting evidence presented as supporting the position being rejected
No Evidence is being presented. Only a process is being explained.

Hence my option is A
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13 Jun 2010, 07:59
WAT IS THE OA ?? I picked up ans choice (E) .. will explain after getting OA ..
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13 Jun 2010, 08:52
A for me.

supporting the position being rejected - is fine, but, I dont see a evidence that has been reinterpreted.
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13 Jun 2010, 18:31
IMO A
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13 Jun 2010, 20:48
IMO : D
Argument is trying to prove something that belies the common sense by negating the structure
only (x) -> y
only(plants grown without chemicals)-> are organic
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13 Jun 2010, 21:41
IMO E. What is OA?
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14 Jun 2010, 03:13
OA is A.
Which is the redefined term? What was the first definition, and waht was the redefinition?
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14 Jun 2010, 06:25
It is not reasonable to search out “organic” foods—those grown without the application of synthetic chemicals—as the only natural foods. A plant will take up the molecules it needs from the soil and turn them into the same natural compounds, whether or not those molecules come from chemicals applied to the soil. All compounds made by plants are part of nature, so all are equally natural.

Red - is the definition
Green - Redefinition
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18 Jun 2010, 17:55
I picked D but I think this is why OA is A

organic food - food grown without applying synthetic material
organic food - food grown from plants that take molecules from the soil and turn them into same natural compunds which are same as the compunds from synthetic material.

Though I am still not sure how the redefinition is favorable to the argument.
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18 Jun 2010, 18:26
Hey seekmba

Its not strengthening question. The question says -"The argument proceeds by
I got nailed on this one
I think sometimes its wise to take hint from the structure and the words used in the arg. The argument quote organic in the first line - It is not reasonable to search out “organic” foods

seekmba wrote:
I picked D but I think this is why OA is A

organic food - food grown without applying synthetic material
organic food - food grown from plants that take molecules from the soil and turn them into same natural compunds which are same as the compunds from synthetic material.

Though I am still not sure how the redefinition is favorable to the argument.

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