Bright green honey might seem like bad St. Patrick’s Day kitsch, but French beekeepers are harvesting the stuff in droves–along with blue, red, purple honey–because of waste from M&M’s candy. In the town of Ribeauville, in Alsace, beekeepers were perplexed by the colorful substance bees were bringing back to their nests, until they finally discovered that they were picking it up at a nearby waste processing plant, where Mars candy company sends waste–including dyes from M&M’s.
The honey’s shocking colors make it virtually unsellable (check out these Reuters photos–eek), but it’s also unclear whether it’s even safe to eat. In conjunction with dwindling bee populations, this is a serious problem for business, to say nothing of public health.
The waste processing plant, Agrivalor, says they’ve made immediate moves to stop this from happening; mostly, storing their waste in closed containers that won’t be accessible to the bees. But the unnaturally colored honey is a good reminder of how far-reaching the scary side effects of processed food really are.
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