Rainbow Colored Honey Anyone?

By Meera Dolasia on October 14, 2012

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The small town of Ribeauville that lies on a scenic wine route southwest of Strasbourg, France is known for two things - Its vineyards and 35,000 bee colonies that produce more than 1,000 metric tons of delicious amber honey each year. However, since August, while the honey has been as delicious as ever, it has lost its amber hue and instead taken on strange shades of blue, green and even red!

Mystified, the beekeepers embarked on an investigation to see what was causing the sudden change in color. While it took a few months, they believe the mystery has finally been solved. Turns out that just about 2.5 miles away from the hives lies a biogas station which processes waste from a Mars confectionery plant that manufactures - You guessed it - brightly colored M&M's!

The British Beekeepers Association believes that due to a harsh 2011-2012 winter, the bees had a hard time foraging for honey, leading them to look for alternate sources of sugar. That's probably when they discovered the colorful sweet liquid waste that the company stored in large bins outside the plant.

The biogas company has now changed their procedures so that any incoming waste is stored in covered rooms to which the bees have no access to. While that will definitely help going forward, the poor beekeepers are scratching their heads about what to do with all the colored M&M honey that nobody wants to purchase.

The news is not particularly good for the rest of us as well. With bee colonies disappearing all around the world, the golden liquid is quite precious to begin with - Losing more, just adds to the dire situation.

Resources: news.yahoo.com,dailymail.co.uk

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  • beuty princessTuesday, March 15, 2016 at 11:40 am
    wow very cool but the beekeeper must be very sad.
    • jinkim0808
      jinkim0808Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm
      It does look good but it is ruining the beekeeper's business.
      • moongirl_73
        moongirl_73Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 3:08 pm
        WOW! wait dose it stane your teeth!?!?!
        • fiercejaguar416
          fiercejaguar416Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm
          yum what if the color made new flavors like red equals strawberrt
          • kittykat246
            kittykat246Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm
            sounds yummy but it is ruining the beekeepers profits
            • tom888Monday, February 22, 2016 at 6:09 am
              thats cool
              • maddyl
                maddylThursday, February 18, 2016 at 3:34 pm
                • catsrulealways
                  catsrulealwaysWednesday, February 17, 2016 at 9:59 am
                  • happycharlieSunday, January 24, 2016 at 8:01 pm
                    they like M&M's?! I like M&M's!
                    • summerstarThursday, July 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm
                      I wonder If the bees LIKE the M&M's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also, what does M&M honey taste like? I wonder........

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