According to the recent conversation which took place at the shareholder meeting with groups are calling for the grocery giant Kroger to commit to eradicating toxic pesticides. Which are linked to a dramatic pollinator decline from the company’s food supply chain. While the company has organized during National Pollinator Week, which is part of a larger campaign urging Kroger. Along with the other top retailers to take imperative act on pesticides and expand organic offerings to protect bees and other pollinators.
Additionally, the largest retail company Kroger is currently lagging behind competitors such as Costco, Albertsons, and Giant Eagle. Walmart recently announced a time-bound commitment, the largest in the United States to date. While Kroger’s store-branded foods have been found to contain toxic pesticides, including glyphosate, organophosphate, and neonicotinoids. These pesticides are associated with adverse effects on human health and damage to bees and other pollinators. The foods tested were items that children and families typically eat including cereals, apples, applesauce, spinach and beans which are reported to be quite dangerous.
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In this regard, the Food and Agriculture spokesperson Paulo said that “Scientists warn we are facing an ‘insect apocalypse,’ driven in large part by toxic pesticides. “Kroger needs to join forces with competitors like Walmart who have put in place industry-leading policies. To protect pollinators essential to their business and our diet, before it’s too late.” Furthermore, they have advised Kroger that if they follow the research which shows that organic farming can help reverse the decline of pollinators.
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While Mr Drew Thohir, Director of Community Resources and Policy at Beyond Pesticides said in this regard. “We urge Kroger to put his house in order: to expand the selection of organic foods and to ensure that all products sold in their stores are grown in a way that protects the health of the soil. And the pollinators, farmers, and farmworkers on which our farming system depends.”