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.