Dirty Bees

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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
    Vermont

  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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