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Cochineal

Red and Blue: From Precious to Common

Edward Goldman | Posted 12.01.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Back in the day, getting the right color was much, much more complicated. As an interesting coincidence, there are two museum exhibitions in Southern California right now that tell the intricate and fascinating stories of how these two colors, red and blue, evolved from being rare and precious materials to commonplace.

Why You Should Never, Ever Give Red Candies To Your Valentine

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 02.13.2014 | Healthy Living

As you wander the aisles and aisles of red and pink candies trying to pick out the perfect sweet treat for your valentine, consider this: You could be...

Berries Over Bugs

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The ingredient in question is carmine. It's a red dye extracted from the dried, pulverized bodies of the cochineal insect -- an unphotogenic arthropod native to Mexico and South America with a fondness for cactus. Dannon uses carmine in four flavors of Fruit on the Bottom yogurt.

Grossed Out by Pink Slime? Well, Don't Just Sit There

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Signs that our food system is broken are all around us. So are the signs that Americans are craving change and want to do something about it.

Starbucks Under Fire Over Insect Ingredient

Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home

Starbucks enraged vegetarians this week after confirming that its strawberry flavored drinks contain a new ingredient of cochineal extract -- a red dy...