Dirty Bees


Inhabitat posted an amusing story today about honey in northeastern France mysteriously coming out green and blue. Turns out the bees over there have been feasting on waste from a nearby M&M’s factory, thus tinting their sweet byproduct.

Photo credit: Joelk75

And if still images aren’t enough, voici un vidéo. You really get a sense of the magnitude of the issue in motion picture.
This story cracks me up and reminds me of the similar mystery that plagued South Brooklyn a couple years ago, when it turned out our local bees were gorging on waste from a maraschino cherry factory in Red Hook.

Photo credit: Susan Dominus via the New York Times

Gross. Still more gross are the hits one gets when doing an Internet search for “contaminated honey.” More to come.

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2 Responses to “Dirty Bees”

  1. Bernie Says:

    Wow, green and red honey. Maybe that explains the seemingly predominant red leaves this fall in my Vt. community; though I don’t think we have many sweet cherry trees growing here.

    However the unusual red leaf with a yellow leaf design (leaf inside a leaf) is likely the hand of nature and not man. http://litterwithastorytotell.blogspot.com/2012/10/vermont-leaf-peeping-leaf-litter.html

    Bernie Paquette

  2. Brooklyn bees know what’s up | everydaytrash Says:

    […] posted about it here in 2012, along with links to a similar phenomenon in France where beekeepers documented blue and […]

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