Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they oppose specific points made in the reading passage.
Both the reading passage and lecture discuss nutria, an annoying pest that is harmful to the environment. The former one provides three ways to prevent getting of nutria in farms and gardens while the latter one contends these methods and suggests they cannot stop nutria in encroaching lawns. First of all, the reading portion mentions that nutria can be prevented by building strong fences of metal that are not damaged by nutria and do not have extra maintenance fees. The professor, however, argues that nutria is notorious animals and are agile in digging. No matter how deep the fence are made, these animals always find a way to dig deep enough with their sharp claws. So, fences cannot stop nutria from spreading in cultivable lands. Secondly, the author of the text says that nutria can be dodged by drying up drainages since sewerage helps them to survive and travel. In contrast, the professor implies that drying up drainages will have more negative impacts than positive ones. He claims that drainage is not only used for farming but also for other purposes. Further, drying of sewerage reduces irrigation facilities and results in low production of crops. Hence, getting rid of drainage is a futile solution. Finally, the paragraph suggests that cooking nutria for food helps in reducing them. They are delicious and also have a large amount of protein and carbohydrates. On the other hand,the man in the listening section asserts that nutria is not great for eating since they host a large number of bacteria and parasites. They contain pathogens that cause several diseases like Tuberculosis. Moreover, people are reported to have suffered from rash, fevers, and other problems after they eat nutria. Thus, nutria cannot be taken as edible food. Conclusively, the reading passage points three measures to prevent nutria whereas the professor finds these measures pointless.
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