Biogas Waste Contaminates Honey

Blue bee on a pink flower

Blue Carpenter Bee

Here’s something I’ll bet nobody has considered: The BBC reports that bees feeding on biowaste from a biogas plant in France have turned the honey blue, making it unsellable.

Beekeepers in northeastern France have been alarmed to find their bees producing honey in unnatural shades of green and blue.

The beekeepers believe the source of the problem is a biogas plant close to Ribeauville in Alsace.

It is thought the bees have been eating the sugary waste from M&Ms, small chocolates in brightly-coloured shells.

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As for the blue honey, the beekeepers say it is unsellable.

Are there any beekeepers around Elmira producing honey? How will the biowaste plant affect your production?

(Thanx to BoingBoing for the news alert)

Blue Carpenter Bee by Roger Sanderson is used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license.

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