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Blue honey – Bees eating M&Ms

French Bees Produce Blue Honey

By JUJU KIM |  October 5, 2012 |
Image: French apiarist Andre Frieh holds a sample of honey besides a blue colored one at his home in Ribeauville

VINCENT KESSLER/REUTERS
French apiarist Andre Frieh holds a sample of normal honey (right) besides a blue colored one (left) at his home in Ribeauville near Colmar, Eastern France, October 5, 2012.

Mars Incorporated has proclaimed that “Chocolate is better in color” with its M&Ms. But French beekeepers may beg to differ on that.

Since August, beekeepers near the town of Ribeauville, in the northeastern region of Alsace, have been reporting their bees are producing blue and green honey, according to Reuters. And they’ve traced the cause back to a biogas plant that processes waste from an M&Ms factory.

Where will we find new antibacterial drugs? In honey?

This is an old article but I will link this and other old ones I collected overtime. I think honey news never gets old!

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Baillie is now on the hunt for a PhD student to work on the project full-time. Meanwhile, his early screening of samples has already yielded honeys with antimicrobial properties that can kill MRSA. 

I wish I had a background in Microbiology. I could have applied.

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From the Guardian, Monday 25 July 2011

Where will we find new antibacterial drugs? In honey?

Scientists are appealing for jars of honey to help them try to develop new antibacterial drugs

Professor Les Baillie and his team at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Professor Les Baillie and his team at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Photograph: James Davies

Who knows what medicinal secrets lurk in a pot of honey? Scientists in Wales intend finding out and are asking beekeepers throughout the UK to send in their honey for inspection. They’re especially keen to know what plants their bees have been feeding on – information that could, in time, help to develop new antibacterial drugs.

My Passion

I am an Epidemiologist by profession finishing my PhD in Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease. I will be pursuing research in non-communicable disease Epidemiology .

I plan to understand honey and honey bees as it is my passion. I Insha’Allah plan to research this most fascinating tale of God’s revelation to the honeybee and how it has resulted in one of the wonders of science. In my research I will focus on honey rather than honey bees, but I will give insights into honey bees as without understanding it one cannot understand its product.

Most people just know of honey as a product of honey bees. It is worth noting that the Holy Qur’an does not mention honey per se but mentions the ‘from their bellies a drink of varying hues/properties.’ This includes the following products of the honey bee: Continue reading

Al-Nahl

[16:69] And thy Lord has inspired the bee, saying, ‘Make thou houses in the hills and in the trees and in the trellises which they build.

[16:70] ‘Then eat of every kind of fruit, and follow the ways of thy Lord that have been made easy for thee.’ There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying hues. Therein is cure for men. Surely, in that is a Sign for a people who reflect.