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Honey harvest at BER airport

Published: 28 July 2022, 15:35

BER’s bees were busy again this summer despite the hot temperatures. The airport company’s beekeepers were able to harvest around 120 kilograms of honey this year. Samples from the two harvests from June and July are sent to UMW Environmental Monitoring to be analysed for pollutants typical of air transport. To this end, the concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and nine different heavy metals is checked in the laboratory. This bee monitoring examines whether pollutants typical of air transport can be found in the honey. Honey from BER airport is compared with honey from a location far from the airport in Schorfheide. 

Previous bee monitoring since 2011 has found no relevant differences between honey from Tegel or Schönefeld and honey from Schorfheide. The airport honey is, therefore, safe to eat.

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