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Americans for Religious Liberty

Silver Spring

Natural farming beats biotech

I refer to Henry Miller’s Aug. 12 Commentary column, “Biotech to bring home the bacon?”: Wake up everyone — these improvements to livestock are already attainable by natural farming and breeding methods.

It boils down to nutrition and genetics, not transgenics. Healthy soil equals healthy environment (water and plants) equals healthy animals and healthy humans, all achieving their potential. We do not need patented irreversible transgenic technology, which only serves to improve the bottom line of patent-holding multinational corporations.

Take a stand and demand real nutrition in the form of untweaked natural foods, which need to be labeled accordingly. Do your own homework, too, and research just how poorly transgenic crops and foods have been tested in the most unscientific manner.

HELEN CHAMBERS

Bendigo, Australia

Diversity’s unproven strengths

I agree with Georgie Anne Geyer’s conclusion that the pursuit of multiculturalism in American life has had a dubious outcome (“The case against multiculturalism,” Commentary, Thursday), but her definition of the term is wrong. The multiculturalism advocates are not arguing that everyone is equal, but that in diversity lies some sort of strength.

As a college instructor, I know of no studies that confirm this notion; its proponents, however, accept it as true on its face. The only-equality argument favors equal access to higher education, for example. Arguably, allowing unqualified and less qualified students into America’s colleges for the sole purpose of increasing diversity has produced just a dumbed-down system. It also is of no use to most of its beneficiaries because they usually struggle to stay afloat in an environment for which they are not prepared to succeed.

The dropout rates of students admitted into college to provide diversity testify to the failure of the effort. However, Mrs. Geyer is wrong in her definition of multiculturalism. It is a celebration of difference, not similarity.

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