Preventing Crop Shortages

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1. If something plummets it:
a. increases rapidly and steadily.
b. declines suddenly and steeply.
c. drops gradually.

2. A superstrain is the weakest and most fragile variety of crop.
true false

3. An outbreak is:
a. a sudden increase.
b. a loss.
c. a swarm.

4. A pest is:
a. a cute dog
b. a bothersome bug
c. a type of crop

5. Old breeds of crops are needed for their valuable genetic material.
true false

6. If you safeguard something, you:
a. copy it word for word.
b. eat it in one bite.
c. protect its worth.

7. A levy is similar to:
a. a law
b. a tax
c. a right

8. If you undermine something you:
a. you strengthen it.
b. you swallow it.
c. you weaken it.

9. In this text, if you afford something to someone you:
a. take it away from him or her.
b. wrap it around them.
c. give it to them.

10. Intellectual property rights protects creative ideas from being misused.
true false

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