"THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE"... Wow... Your insistence on using such hyperbole such as invoking Limbaugh when I have never heard Limbaugh address the topic, is frankly just an attempt to stop the debate before it even gets started. Has he addressed it? If so, I don't care. If he has, even Limbaugh can be right some of the time. Your post rambles on and on but doesn't really reach the science of the matter. Here's a PDF that does at least briefly discuss the chemicals that are actually used in "organic" foods. Hint - Organic food isn't necessarily more environmentally friendly. There are certainly chemical pesticides and fertilizers used. You know, chemicals do appear in nature. And they CAN harm you. Do you know what the first rule of toxicology is? I'll tell in a quote later... Did you know that 20% of all "organic" food comes from China? The same place that sends lead based paint toys to our kids? Are you sure you know how it's grown? Here's an article from the Hudson Institute - Claim: organic foods have lower pesticide residues. Reality: Nobody knows. Consumers Union reported that 25 percent of organic fruits and vegetables carry detectable residues of synthetic pesticides, and one-third of the 25 percent had residue levels higher than the average of the conventional produce. But all were within allowable federal limits. The Food and Drug Administration’s widespread annual testing finds that U.S. foods carry less than one percent of the synthetic pesticide residues allowable, which are 1/100th or 1/1000th of the “no-effect” level in animal tests. (The dose makes the poison is the first rule of toxicology, since everything—Including sunlight and water—is toxic in massive doses.) Neither the government nor industry, however, tests for organic pesticides, which organic farmers tend to use frequently and heavily. Rotenone, for example, is a natural nerve toxin that causes symptoms like those of Parkinson’s disease when injected into rats. Copper sulfate is banned in Europe and toxic to virtually everything from people to earthworms. Pyrethrum is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “likely human carcinogen.” But the “independent certifiers” who will affix the USDA Certified Organic Seal do no testing for pesticide residues of any sort. But look, feel free to eat the organic side of the same banana. It's your money you're wasting.