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Friday, July 18, A.D. 2014
Colored Honey Made by Candy-Eating French Bees

It seems that the folks who work in Mars’ marketing department could capitalize on this somehow: “Colored Honey Made by Candy-Eating French Bees.”

According to National Geographic Daily News,

Beekeepers in northeastern France found themselves in a sticky situation after bees from their hives began producing honey in shades of blue and green . . .

The colored honey could not be sold because it did not meet France’s standards of honey production: It was not obtained from the nectar of plants and it deviates from the standard coloring of honey (nearly colorless to dark brown).

That’s bad news for a region that produces a thousand tons of honey a year and has already had to cope with a high bee mortality rate and low honey production after a harsh winter. An investigation by beekeepers in the town of Ribeauville (map) uncovered the cause of the problem: Instead of collecting nectar from flowers, local bees were feeding on remnants of colored M&M candy shells, which were being processed by a biogas plant roughly 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) away.

The waste-processing plant discovered the problem at the same time the beekeepers did and quickly cleaned any outdoor or uncovered containers that M&M waste was stored in. The candy remains will now be stored in a covered hall.

I would happily buy blue honey made by French bees. For some reason, I think of Matisse. He would have enjoyed miel bleu.

Posted by Joseph on Friday, July 18, Anno Domini 2014
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