Absolutely not. Ever since, cactus is very scarce, the cattle are bony, and
they don't have much to eat. It was a terriblea decision and there is no way
to combat the problem, since the cactus is only slowly reappearing.
Renewable News Network wrote:
> >From email@example.com Mon Jul 19 09:30:16 1999
> Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 09:28:07 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Renewable News Network <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: request for information
> Dear list people.
> I was wondering if I could get some pointers on how to read consumer
> product labels, what they mean, and what the alternatives are?
> Last holiday season I received a can of deodorant. Putting aside any
> meaning in such a gift - it was a stocking stuffer - another way
> to buy a piece of the holiday spirit; the ingredients bothered me,
> starting with SD alcohol 40-B, PROPANE (and) BUTANE (and) ISOBUTANE,
> WATER, PROPYLENE GLCOL, etc.
> Here's the article that inspired me to try to get a grip on the
> possibly dangerous products out there.
> Yours truly,
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Just how exactly do they make pink lemonade pink?
> Prompted by you, my demented readers, I did a little poking around, and
> sure enough, there is an answer. And that answer is
> Crushed beetle eggs.
> That's really the truth. Now, not all pink lemonade uses this particular
> dye, so check your label, but it turns out that the red coloring often
> used is something called "cochineal extract," which extracted from the
> eggs of the cochineal beetle.
> The cochineal beetle, incidentally, is a little squirmy thing that lives
> in cactus plants in Peru and the Canary Islands. Which, if you ask me, is
> precisely where the cochineal beetle belongs, not in a cold summertime
> drink many of our kids chug by the gallon.
> The label doesn't always say "cochineal extract." Sometimes, if they
> purify the extract, they call it "carmine." Swell. It's still crushed
> insect eggs. A rose (coloring) by any other name
> And while beetle eggs are supposedly pretty safe, not everything Big
> Brother packs in your lunchbox is. Check out www.safe-food.org if you're
> curious about what the hell else is throbbing around in your fridge.
> Y'know what? For me, here's the distressing part: I'm a vegetarian and it
> turns out I eat crushed beetle eggs all the time. If you eat ice cream or
> yogurt or candy that has a red, pink, or purple tinge, guess what? You're
> gargling beetle juice. Call me crazy, but it seems like that ought to be
> on a label somewhere.
> "The lemons in this pink lemonade contain no pork, beef, mollusk, or
> kangaroo DNA, and the ade part became pink without the use of insects,
> spiders, or garter snakes."
> Just like Mom used to make.
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