Aldi is one of the largest supermarket chains in the world with stores in 18 countries .
Founded in Germany in 1961 on the principle of “quality must not come at a high price, but rather a great quality should come with low prices every day,” Aldi has been steadily expanding in United States since its first store in Iowa in 1976.
Now is an important “grocery shopping experience low cost” with 1,600 stores in 34 states player. In addition, many more will be opened in the near future ( 1 ).
In a bold and progressive movement, Aldi has announced that it will focus on a healthier, conscious products selling approach.
with their own brand of food products comprising 90% of the items on their shelves, Aldi will be adding more organic foods and gluten ( 2 )
of particular interest is the commitment of Aldi remove all products containing neonicotinoid pesticides including :.
nicotine to kill
in recent years, the use of neonicotinoid insecticides has become a hot topic of debate because of the observable and alarming destruction of bee colonies worldwide.
Neonicotinoids are chemically similar to nicotine (neo = new, nicotinamide = nicotine). They are soluble in water, so they can be mixed with water and used for irrigation. Plants absorb water and their leaves become toxic to insects. Farmers also use chemicals for seed treatment before sowing and sometimes sprinkle the foliage.
Because the neurotoxin becomes part of the plant itself, neonicotinoids have the sole purpose of killing insects that feed on parts of it, such as aphids and beetles. A synthetic pesticide, “neonics” attack the nervous system, causing paralysis and death. It has become clear that flowers and pollen from the treated plants also contain toxins.
bees land on flowers, eat nectar and pollen contaminated bring to the hive in their legs and wings. This is how a whole hive full of bees can die from accidental spread of neonicotinoids. The effects on the nervous system also affect the ability of the bee to find his way back to the hive, eventually causing death of the individual.
Unfortunately, the application of this class of insecticides has soared, with levels of residues in food (various vegetables, fruits and honey) increased 4.7% in 2007 to 12.6% in 2010. the European Union has banned from neonicotinoids because of the potential harm to animals that are not subject and humans ( 3 ).
studies confirm their toxicity
A 2014 study on the prevalence of these insecticides in food found:
“… We quantitatively measured in various foods neonicotinoids which are common to human consumption. All samples of fruits and vegetables (except nectarine and tomato) and 90% of the honey samples were detected positive for at least one of the neonicotinoids … All samples pollen new Zealand contained multiple neonicotinoids and July 5th pollen Massachusetts detected positive for imidacloprid. These results show the frequent presence of low levels of neonicotinoids waste in fruits, vegetables and honey that are readily available on the market for human consumption and the environment in which bees forage. in light of the new reports on toxicological effects on mammals, our results reinforce the importance of assessing the intake of neonicotinoids in the diet and the possible effects on the Human health. store / home garden selling them. in response, Maryland has neonics for consumer use completely prohibited ( 5 ).
what’s more, a decision 2015 the court in California He quashed the United States federal approval of a new neonicotinoid called sulfoxaflor, citing “the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was based on ‘flawed and limited’ data, and the green light was not justified given the ‘ precarious bee populations “( 6 ).
the battle rages and these insecticides are still widely used in commercial crops.
Aldi and organic foods
in view of the negative effects on bees in the world (and potentially humans) caused by neonics, Aldi took the decision to remove products containing its stores
also Aldi is also planning other changes that take into account health impacts in their manufactured foods :.
- not synthetic food colorings
- No hydrogenated oils
- not monosodium glutamate
- no artificial ingredients in its line “SimplyNature”
- no hormones growth in its dairy products
- expanding the offerings of organic meat without antibiotics, hormones and animal by-products in its “NeverAny” label
- expanding selections of artisan cheeses and smoked fish, adding alternative choices whole grains, and its own brand of coconut oil
with these changes, the company has positioned itself to become the largest retailer of organic and natural foods in the world. It is the last large-scale enterprise in the food industry has taken a position to offer its customers better quality options.
This is very good news for anyone who eats.