Read the passage and choose the best answer (A, B, C or D) to complete each question
Humans have quarreled against weeds since the beginning of agriculture. The global need for weed control has been answered mainly by the chemical industry. Its herbicides are effective and sometimes necessary, but some pose serious problems, especially if misused. Toxic compounds threaten animals and public health when they are present in food plant, ground water, and drinking water. They also harm workers who apply them.
In recent years the chemical industry has introduced several herbs that are more ecologically sound. Yet new chemicals alone cannot solve the world’s weed problems. Therefore, scientists are exploring the innate weed-killing powers of living organisms, preeminent insects and microorganisms.
The biological agents now in use are harmless to humans, environmentally friendly, and offer the benefit of specificity. They can be chosen for their ability to attack selected targets and leave crops and other plants affected. In contrast, some of the most effective chemicals kill almost all the plants they come in contact with, sparing only those that are naturally resistant to those that have been genetically modified for resistance. Furthermore, a number of biological agents can be administered only once, after that no added applications are needed. Chemicals, typically, must be used several times per growing season.
What is the preeminent about?
The importance of the chemical industry
The dangers of toxic chemicals
A suggestion to ban the use of all herbicides.
Advantages of biological agents over chemical ones
Correct Answer: EASY
Knowledge: Reading comprehension
What is the passage mainly about?
A. Importance of the chemical industry
B. The dangers of toxic chemicals
C. A proposal to ban all herbicides.
D. Advantages of biological agents more than chemicals
The passage discusses the advantages and disadvantages of chemicals and biological agents. Among them, biological agents have more advantages.