Tag: cochineal

Cochineal Taxonomy Fails

In which I prove that the average person should care about taxonomic errors in news stories, using LOLcats and Einstein.

Book Review: A Perfect Red

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire. Amy Butler Greenfield. HarperCollins, 2005. Bug Rating: I was really excited to find this book in my library, since I’ve written quite […]

Cochineal: it’s a bug AND a feature!

So much misinformation is being published right now about Cochineal, I thought a post that explains what it is, how it’s made, why it’s relatively harmless, and why I support labeling but oppose a ban, […]

Breaking FAIL news: Scientific American

Scientific American not only prints the CSPI press release almost verbatum, it adds extra taxonomic mistakes!

Center For Science in the Public Interest: Taxonomy FAIL

The “Well Blog” at the New York Times had a post today about insects in food–and made the same, common error that drives me crazy:  getting the classification of the insect used to make Carmine, […]

They. Are. NOT. Beetles.

I don’t know why this irritates me so much, but it really does. I have been fighting with Snopes about this for years. (And they were really snotty and rude about my pointing out their […]