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M&M’s Blamed for Green & Blue Honey in France

M&M’s Blamed for Green & Blue Honey in France

The autumn honey harvest in the Alsace region of France is hitting a major setback. ABC News reports that in the northeastern region of France, home to 2,400 beekeepers and 35,000 colonies that produce nearly 1,000 tons of honey per year, some hives are producing honey in bizarre shades of green and blue.

For weeks the beekeepers of the town of Ribeauville have been mystified as to why honey is being produced in such unusual colors. The town’s Union of Beekeepers believes they’ve found the culprit—and they’re pointing the finger at M&M’s.

It seems there’s a biogas plant in the area that processes waste from a Mars plant that produces M&M’s, which–as we know–come in a variety of colors, including blue and green.

The plant in question is promising to take measures to prevent the bees from getting into the waste in the future. But that probably won’t make beekeepers that have had their honey harvest ruined feel any better about their loss this season.

As you may remember, a similar thing happened here in the U.S. in 2010 when Brooklyn bees were finding their way into the waste of a plant that produces maraschino cherries and creating a red honey that alarmed beekeepers.

Bees sure do love their junk food. Keep this in mind if you want to keep bees in your backyard and you live in an area where sugary snacks and drinks are produced.

 

 

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By Ramon Gonzalez, TreeHugger

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12:55PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

TY

11:19AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

I've never heard of anything like this before now, crazy!

5:20AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you.

2:17AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Ohhhhhh wish we would ban food coloring......what a waste.....!!! And we need to find and break the link that is causing our bee's to die today....tomorrow could be too late. Things are moving at such accelerated speed all over the earth......... Solution's must be a priority.

1:32PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Got a radical concept for the colored honeys. Make mead out of the green honey and sell it for St Patrick's day. Yeah, I know it's a little late for this year, but better luck next year?

7:19AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Because some assholes are making HUGE money the rest of the people have to pay for it...people and animals alike...I just hope I won't live up to the day where there's nothing but preprocessed food left although judging how it goes and how it speeds up in just a few years I might still witness the horror...

5:54PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Wow. Really? In all seriousness, is that really so bad? If the by-products aren't bad for the bees or humans, could it not be considered an eco-friendly way to get rid of the color? I know i find green and blue honey tempting, especially if the bees were the ones who added the color!

6:53AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

7:57AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Okay...?

5:48AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

thanks for sharing

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