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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday's Tip

It is a bit hard to see with this photograph that I took today ... in red ... "PROTECT WILDLIFE CRUSH CUP BEFORE DISPOSAL" 

Of all of the containers of yogurt that we've eaten in this household over the years, this small print was totally unknown to us.  As we have curbside recycling pick up this does not necessarily apply to us, however I thought that is was well worth sharing, especially if all of your trash goes to a landfill/dump!

This was going to be my tip for the day, however when searching google regarding this particular yogurt, I found this:

Food Additives ( < click here for article)
Beetle Mania

If you like Yoplait strawberry yogurt, Tropicana grapefruit, orange-strawberry juice, or Hershey's Good & Plenty candies, chances are you will be sucking on the red coloring extracted from the female cochineal beetle and her eggs. These insects live on cactus plants in Peru and the Canary Islands.


According to the best-selling book by Eric Schlosser, Chew on This, the female bug feeds on cactus pads, and color from the cactus gathers in her body. The bugs are collected, dried, and ground into a coloring additive. It takes 70,000 of the insects to make a pound of carmine dye, as it is known. The Food & Drug Administration doesn't require that this cochineal be identified in the ingredients. Manufacturers simply identify it as an "artificial color."

Needless to say, I will no longer find it necessary to worry over disposal of this product, or a few others!!!

6 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Wow! I'm not even sure what to say to that...except GROSS!!!

NICO Designs said...

Yuck! Crushed beetles.
After seeing the film, Food Inc., and ready a few books I have made some changes. Mostly I try not to buy too many processed foods anymore. This post reminds me why I do this now.

Beth said...

Makes me wonder what else the FDA lets slip through...

Splendid Little Stars said...

Yep! I knew that about bugs. Wouldn't that be a "natural" color, though.
I didn't know about crushing containers.

Kathleen said...

=p very glad I don't eat that stuff *ugh*

storybeader said...

hmmm... eating bug guts with my yogart... Very mysterious why they don't add that to the ingredients....