Aldi Bans Neonicotinoids And Goes Organic, Becomes Viable Rival Against Whole Foods As Healthiest Grocery Store Chain In The World

Jan Omega

Since the 90s, many who support organic growing, especially the green community, have shown an aggressive front against Neonicotinoids. For those who are unfamiliar with what they are, they are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. Though arguments against Neonicotinoids have been on-going for the past two decades, the green community has shown more action against them over the last couple of years, especially with numerous tests conducted on them. For starters, Neonicotinoids have been blamed for the population decline of honeybees and birds. This is extremely bad because it is through honeybees and birds, specifically through their cross-pollination, that the United States grows a third of its crops. Because of this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a moratorium on Neonicotinoids.

Aldi, the grocery chain now making an impact in the United States for its cheap prices, announced this year it will remove eight pesticides from all of its U.S. stores, as reported by Minds. The eight pesticides are Thiamethoxam, Chlorphyrifos, Clothianidin, Cypermethrin, Deltamethrin, Fipronil, Imidacloprid, and Sulfoxaflor. Some of these pesticides are classified as Neonicotinoids. Nevertheless, the fact they are banning them is very important because they are technically the first major grocery store based out of Europe to ban them.

However, the banning of the aforementioned pesticides is just the first step for Aldi. According to Complete Health & Happiness, Aldi is making the necessary moves to become one of the biggest, if not the biggest, organic grocery stores in the world. Below is a detailed list of what Aldi is going to do to achieve their goals too.

Ultimately, if Aldi continues to cater to the green community, they may one day surpass Whole Foods. It may even happen faster if Whole Foods happens to undercut their demographic which includes numerous instances of mislabeling of organic products to non-organic products.

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