Posts Tagged ‘Maraschino’

Brooklyn bees know what’s up

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hey trashies, I know it has been a while, but have you been following this crazy story about the secret pot farm hidden underneath Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Company in Brooklyn? You may remember that back in 2010, Brooklyn rooftop beekeepers complained that their honey had turned bright red and way too sweet thanks to bees feasting on the super sweet discarded cherry waste discarded by the same factory.

Cherry red honey

Cherry red honey (photo via Grist)

We posted about it here in 2012, along with links to a similar phenomenon in France where beekeepers documented blue and green honey later traced to M&M factory waste; and I even tasted some mildly affected honey during a tour of Eco Brooklyn’s show house.

It turns out, that in addition to possible illegal dumping — allegations police investigated after bee keepers complained — the factory served as a front to a local marijuana farm. And as you may have read, the owner of the factory shot himself when investigators found his pot plants. A tragic end to a fascinating story. Inquiries continue to determine whether the dumping of cherry waste has contributed to polluting the water in Red Hook, a neighborhood already shouldering more than its fair share of industrial strain on the local environment.

Nice detective work, bees! Someone needs to make a movie out of this one.

Dirty Bees

Friday, October 5, 2012

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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