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Planting peach trees on their farm makes more sense for the Johnsons

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Planting peach trees on their farm makes more sense for the Johnsons than planting apricot trees. Although fresh, locally grown apricots are very popular in this area, the same is true of peaches. However, individual peach trees cost much less to purchase and plant than do apricot trees, and peach trees also begin bearing fruit at a much younger age.

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?

(A) Fresh, locally grown apricots sell at a much higher price than do fresh, locally grown peaches.
(B) Apricot trees tend to stop being productive at a younger age than do peach trees.
(C) It costs as much to water and fertilize peach trees as it does to water and fertilize apricot trees.
(D) The market for fresh, locally grown apricots has grown in recent years as awareness of the health benefits of eating fresh fruit has increased.
(E) Peach production has decreased dramatically over the last several years.

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Planting peach trees on their farm makes more sense for the Johnsons than planting apricot trees. Although fresh, locally grown apricots are very popular in this area, the same is true of peaches. However, individual peach trees cost much less to purchase and plant than do apricot trees, and peach trees also begin bearing fruit at a much younger age.

Which one of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument?


(A) Fresh, locally grown apricots sell at a much higher price than do fresh, locally grown peaches.
Correct. This choice indicates that although individual peach trees cost much less to purchase and plant than do apricot trees, the farmers could still earn more profits from apricot trees than from peach trees. Thus, planting apricot trees makes more sense, not planting peach trees

(B) Apricot trees tend to stop being productive at a younger age than do peach trees.
This choice strengthens the argument

(C) It costs as much to water and fertilize peach trees as it does to water and fertilize apricot trees.
If this choice is true, then peach trees still provide more benefits than do apricot trees. This choice strengthens the argument

(D) The market for fresh, locally grown apricots has grown in recent years as awareness of the health benefits of eating fresh fruit has increased.
The grown market for fresh, locally grown apricots could make some influence on the profits. However, those effects are on the long term, and we can't know whether the farmers could earn more profit from apricot trees than from peach trees.

(E) Peach production has decreased dramatically over the last several years.
Thoe prodection has decreased dramatically so the supply will be not enough to satisfy the demand. Thus, the sell price will increase so the farmers will earn more profits. This choice strengthens the argument.
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