Dr. Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark examine the past and present use of cochineal. These waxy cactus-feeding insects are gathered, dried, ground up, and used to produce dye for cosmetics, fabrics, and food coloring.
Starbucks has announced it will stop using cochineal extract. Starbucks U.S. president Cliff Burrows says the company will transition to lycopene, a natural tomato-based extract used for coloring.
Photo: Dr. John Brackenbury/Science Photo Library