Everything You Need to Know About Carmine

Everything You Need to Know About Carmine

Carmine is a red dye used to color everything from clothing to cosmetics to food. Beetles known as cochineal beetles are boiled, ground up, and then dried to produce the red dye. 70,000 beetles are killed to produce only one pound of carmine, which can also be listed as cochineal extract, carminic acid, red #4, or E120. Farmers in Mexico and South America farm the beetles that live on cacti. The beetles are taken from the cacti by hand, then either shaken to death, boiled alive, or they are heated in an oven until they die. All animals, including bugs, are sentient and farming these beetles should be stopped. Don’t purchase any goods that rely on the death of cochineal beetles.

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