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    #1

    one of the predominant drawbacks of farming is that

    Hello

    Is it correct to use "predominant" with drawback in this way?

    One of the predominant drawbacks of non-organic farming is that some chemical fertilizers are used in it which can be harmful to human health.

    I also have doubts about the "in it" part which I have underlined.

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    #2

    Re: one of the predominant drawbacks of farming is that

    "Main" is simpler and more straightforward. Drop "in it"; you could say it uses some chemical fertilizers which can be harmful to human health.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 08-Feb-2020 at 22:29. Reason: Remove extra words. Darn that copy & paste! Thanks, teechar.
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    Re: one of the predominant drawbacks of farming is that

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "Main" is simpler and more straightforward. Drop "in it"; you could say it uses some chemical fertilizers which can be harmful to human health.
    What about now?

    One of the predominant drawbacks of non-organic farming is that chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used in non-organic farming which have a harmful impact on both people and the environment.

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    #4

    Re: one of the predominant drawbacks of farming is that

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    What about now?

    One of the predominant drawbacks of non-organic farming is that chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used in non-organic farming which have a harmful impact on both people and the environment.
    There's no reason to repeat non-organic farming, so there's no need for the preposition in. If you're wondering whether on is the right preposition, it is.
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    Re: one of the predominant drawbacks of farming is that

    Why won't you try the version (with "it uses") suggested by GoesStation above?

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    #6

    Re: one of the predominant drawbacks of farming is that

    I want to use passive voice. Is this okay?

    One of the predominant drawbacks of non-organic farming is that chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used in this method which have a detrimental impact on both people and the environment.

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    Re: one of the predominant drawbacks of farming is that

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I want to use passive voice. Is this okay?

    One of the predominant drawbacks of non-organic farming is that chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used in this method which have a detrimental impact on both people and the environment.
    It's weak. The passive voice reduces its impact.
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    Re: one of the predominant drawbacks of farming is that

    I wouldn't say it's wrong but I don't think predominant is a great word choice there. Much better to use main, as GoesStation suggests.

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