Blue Honey

Blue Honey                                                                                                      Caeruleus melli


Beekeepers in France were shocked to find that their honey bees were producing blue and green honey.  Not knowing what the cause of this crop destroying color change was, they finally discovered that a biogas plant located 4 km from their hives was processing waste from an M&M factory.  What to do?  An entire crop of honey has been destroyed, unless there is a sudden call for strange tasting, bright blue or green honey.  And what are we supposed to do, as people who demand both candy and organic crops?  One can’t determine where bees go, or what they forage.  And the M&M factory has been processing its waste as responsibly has it can – until there is a better way – by sending their waste to the biogas processing plant.  So here we are: apiarists left with blue and green honey, and M&M unavailable for comment.  This problem isn’t a new one – small-time beekeepers in Brooklyn opened their hives in 2010 to find bright red honey.  Their bees had begun  foraging from a nearby maraschino cherry factory.  The overlap of nature and industry, and the rights of both is an ongoing conversation – one that we have over and over again, though rarely with any resolution, and certainly not before another dynamic requires the conversation begin anew.


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