Farmer: Farming with artificial fertilizers, though more damaging to the environment than organic farming, allows mor...

Avi on June 18, 2020

Why B? Why not D?

Hey. I anticipated this answer that the farmer jumps to extreme. My issue here is why is D wrong. The farmer says that if everyone does it than there won't be enough food. Therefor it should not spread any more. That could mean that he assumes either B or D. Why is one better than the other?

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Skylar on June 19, 2020

@avif, happy to help!

The farmer in the passage takes the fact that there would not be enough food if all farmers practice organic farming to conclude that organic farming should not be spread any further. This is flawed because it is too extreme and overlooks a balance. Organic farming can be spread further and still not all farmers would be practicing organic farming. Our correct answer choice will highlight this.

(D) "It overlooks the possibility that a consequence that would surely follow if all farmers adopted the practice of organic farming would still ensue even if not all of them did."

This is incorrect because the passage does not overlook this possibility. The consequence that would surely follow if all farmers adopted the practice of organic farming is that there would not be enough food, and the farmer in this passage believes that this same consequence would occur if the practice is spread any further (in which case not all farmers would have adopted it).

Does that make sense? Hope it helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions!

Avi on June 19, 2020

Ah. I understood D to mean that he overlooked the possibility that the consequence would not happen if it wasn't all. What it actually says is that it may still happen even if all the farmers don't adopt it. Thanks for the clarification.