Aldi to Go Full Organic, Bans Pesticides and Rivals Whole Foods as Healthiest Grocery Store

Aldi (stylized as ALDI) is a leading global discount supermarket chain with almost 10,000 stores in 18 countries, and an estimated turnover of more than €50 billion.[1][4][5] Based in Germany, the chain was founded by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 when they took over their mother’s store in Essen which had been in operation since 1913; it is one of the world’s largest privately owned companies.

People are often under the assumption that Aldi stores are full of junk foods.  That may have been the case 10 years ago, but in the past few years Aldi has stepped it up  and are offering a LOT of organic and Aldi gluten-free products.

Aldi’s has it’s own popular organic and all natural brand here in the US, it is called the ‘SimplyNature’ Brand. (In other countries, they have one called ‘Just Organic’)

We use the term pesticide to cover a wide range of chemicals used to control insect pests (insecticides), plant diseases (fungicides), weeds (herbicides), rats (rodenticides) or other unwanted organisms. Pesticides are one of the few groups of man-made chemicals that are designed to kill and deliberately released into the environment.

You can tell this from their name- the ending -cide literally means ‘killer’. Several pesticides were originally developed as nerve toxins to be used as instruments of war. When peace came, their manufacturers found a ready new market for these products as pest control agents.

Aldi became one of the world’s biggest food retailers by offering comparatively very low prices. Its prices for fresh produce and packaged goods are roughly 30% lower than Walmart’s, according to a recent price check.

Many consumers want to engage in what you could call responsible purchasing. They may wish to buy only organic foods, or products that do not harm or have not been tested on animals, or products that do not damage the environment.

There are currently 1,500 Aldi stores in the U.S and the plan to open 500 more by 2018. With such a strong focus on health, they are set to become the leader in health supermarkets.

 

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