Would you eat blue or green honey?
Around this time last year, bees made the news for making colored honey, if you can call it that, in France because they were eating processed sugar from containers left outside a chocolate processing waste plant instead of wildflowers.
Colorful? Yes! Healthy? Probably not. The beekeepers were not allowed to sell it.
Here’s the link if you want to see pictures of the colored “honey”: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/10/pictures/121011-blue-honey-honeybees-animals-science/. I wonder if there have been any more colorful hives since or if the bees have been kept out of those tempting containers?
I just listened to the TedTalk by Marla Spivak: Why Bees are Disappearing?. (Thanks to LadyK, http://ladyk649.wordpress.com, for the link.) Bees are basically being disoriented and/or killed by insectides (major culprit: Neonicontinoids!). Check out the Tedtalk if you want to know more: http://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing.html.
As Jim Kwik mentioned in his first video (see previous post “Be Kwik About It”), a clean environment is a must for optimal brain health. Some brains function better with an organized desk (yes, that is important!) but we all need clean water and pesticide free food to thrive– just like bees need a clean environment for their brain health!
So, what can we do? Bees will thrive when we plant bee-friendly flowers, like wildflowers, and rid our garden of pesticides.