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Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits

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Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits [#permalink]  12 Jul 2018, 07:11
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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 which of the following?

(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 itis picked or harvested.
(C) No farm uses both organic and inorganic pesticides.
(D) Organic pesticides are incapable of penetrating the skin of a fruit or vegetable.
(E) The use of either type of pesticide does not increase the cost of produce.
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Re: Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits [#permalink]  23 Apr 2020, 11:19
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I marked A but its wrong. Please explain why D is the answer

(A) Consumers are aware of the origins of the produce they purchase.

and

(D) Organic pesticides are incapable of penetrating the skin of a fruit or vegetable.

Our argument is that when purchasing with a farm THAT ONLY USES organic pesticides, then you don't have to worry about ingesting pesticides.

Why? because, inorganic pesticides lasts on the surface longer than organic pesticides do. This argument is assuming that organic pesticides are innocuous and incapable of affecting consumers in some other way. But, option D exposes this assumption.

Now let's look at A. Does A have to be true for argument to sustain? It doesn't matter if consumers know about the origin of the produce, because regardless of the outcome, the argument is still valid.

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Re: Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits [#permalink]  19 Jan 2019, 20:20
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Re: Inorganic pesticides remain active on the surfaces of fruits [#permalink]  23 Apr 2020, 10:57
I marked A but its wrong. Please explain why D is the answer
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