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Friday, October 12, 2012

French Bees Are Producing Blue Honey

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 6:30 AM

  • Sacre-blue!

Yet another sign that the end of the world is nigh: Recently a French beekeeper in Alsace found that his bees were producing honey in unnatural hues like blue and green. Genetic mutation? No -- it turns out that instead of frolicking to the flowers for nectar like regular bees have for thousands of years, these particular bees were harvesting sugar from M&M's candy shell leftovers at a plant a few miles away from their apiaries.

The plant is operated by the company Agrivalor, who issued a statement in Le Monde saying that they'd put the M&M's in airtight containers in the future to keep bees from reaching them. The honey produced by the bees doesn't meet the French standards, which specifies that it needs to be produced from the nectar of plants.

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It's bad news for the French honey industry, which generates nearly 20,000 tons of honey a year -- but we sense a marketing opportunity for Mars, Inc. If they can make M&M-flavored lip gloss, why not start selling candy-flavored honey on the shelves of American supermarkets? Is it really that much worse than peanut butter and jelly in the same jar?

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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