Are you still sticking to your vegan regime, JDBP?
If so, are you aware that if you have ever eaten of any of these products: certain yoghurts, ice creams, fruit pies, soft drinks, cupcakes, donuts - or indeed, if you have ever kissed a girl wearing lipstick! - you cannot call yourself a true vegan.
This BBC News article today headlines: 'Why you may have been eating insects your whole life'
If you are horrified by the thought of eating insects, the bad news is that you have probably done so many, many times.
This is because one of the most widely used red food colourings - carmine - is made from crushed up bugs.
The insects used to make carmine are called cochineal, and are native to Latin America where they live on cacti.
Now farmed mainly in Peru, millions of the tiny insects are harvested every year to produce the colouring.
A staple of the global food industry, carmine is added to everything from yoghurts and ice creams, to fruit pies, soft drinks, cupcakes and donuts.
It is also used extensively in the cosmetics industry and is found in many lipsticks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43786055
And indeed, from a 'spiritual' point of view, just think of all the livelihoods that are being adversely affected because of this recent global trend or fad (because that's what it is in a lot of cases)
From The Independent
: 'Why being a vegan isn't as environmentally friendly as you might think'