Beekeepers in the Alsace area of Ribeauville have observed bees returning to their hives with mysterious coloured substances, which they utilized to generate honey with incredibly unique colors. They were puzzled by this behavior and results, so they looked into the cause, attempting to figure out what the bees were consuming.
Their investigation led them to a biogas plant 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away – a processing waste from a Mars company that produces M&M’s candies with colorful red, blue, green, yellow, and brown shells.
“It’s not honey for me.” It’s not sellable” – that’s the common view among beekeepers in that area. The impure honey batch causes even more issues for beekeepers, leaving a financial loss that will be tough to fill.
The firm in charge of the biogas plant stated that they were unaware of the situation and only heard about it when the beekepers did, which is fair. They claim to be in the process of bringing an end to this problem.
How Bees produce Honey?
Bees acquire nectar from blossoms by sucking it out with their tongues, and their salivary glands release an enzyme that combines with the nectar. The nectar is then stored in the honeycomb, which is formed of wax and has numerous separate hexagonal-shaped cells.
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”Albert Einstein