If you want to have all-organic foods, then you have another
great place to head for! Just this January 1, one of the
largest and leading discount supermarket chain, Aldi, announced
that it will get rid of the eight pesticides in their US
stores. These pesticides are neonicotoids, known to be very
dangerous for the environment and the human body.
Aldi is a German discount supermarket chain which was founded
by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 in Essen. Since it
was founded, it has grown and became one of the biggest
companies around the world, with thousands of stores. And
because of this bold move to protect the environment and its
customers, it will yet be loved by its patrons more. By 2018,
the company plans to open 500 more stores in the US in addition
to their current 1,500 stores.
Here are the pesticides, and the dangerous side effects of each
pesticide, that will be permanently removed from Aldi
Cypermethrin- can cause itching, burning, skin and eyes
irritation, incoordination, seizure, loss of bladder control
and possible death.
Deltamethrin- ataxia, convulsions, tremors, vomiting,
dermatitis and vomiting.
Thiamethoxam- although this is moderately hazardous, it can
still affect a person especially when ingested. Some effects
include headaches, hypotension and drowsiness.
Chlorpyrifos- this can cause sweating and excessive saliva,
nausea, and headache, muscle spasms, vomiting, weakness, and
impaired vision, seizures, paralysis and lung failure.
Sulfoxaflor- though this pesticide does not have adverse side
effects to humans, it is highly toxic to bees which are needed
to keep the balance of the environment
Fipronil- can cause skin irritation, nausea, sweating,
headache, vomiting, weakness, stomach pain and seizures.
Imidacloprid- this pesticide has low toxicity effects on
mammals but can highly affect insects which includes helpful
ones such as bees.
Because of this action, Aldi sets the bar higher for other US
and European companies who are still allowing the use of these
pesticides. But the company’s aim does not stop there. Here are
a few other great things you can expect from Aldi:
Around 90% of their sales are their private-label products, and
they have removed certified synthetic colors, MSG and partially
hydrogenated oils from these products.
The company will introduce and expand their SimplyNature line
which are purely organic products, as well as their lifeGfree
products which are gluten-free.
Their fresh and organic meat produce will be expanded which
will include their “Never Any!” products. This product line
prides in not containing any animal by-products, antibiotics,
hormones and other additives.
The milk, yogurt, sour cream, and other dairy products will
also be free from any growth hormones.
The company will also expand their high-end foods.
All these changes that Aldi aims to accomplish are in the name
of keeping their customers and the environment in a healthier
state. It has truly become one of the best companies that
answers not only for the profit but for the betterment of their
customers and the environment. Because of this, you can be
assured that you will have a store you can finally trust.