Morgan Freeman not only has one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, but he also has a voice that every known immediately. He’s played the God and many other roles that demonstrate just how much authority he has on the screen. But now he is revealing to the world another passion, besides movies and television, that he has been cultivating for five years now – and it involves every inch of land on his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi.
Back in 2014, Freeman started beekeeping. He understands that humanity is changing the world’s climate with pollutants and deforestation and that one of the most affected things in nature are bees. Bees are dying, and that threatens our lives.
Because bees pollinate the plants, we rely on for food, if bee populations go the way of the dinosaurs, humanity won’t be far behind. Although we like to think that we’re independent of the world around us, we’re reliant on the natural resources that get squanders far too quickly and easily.
Now Morgan Freeman, 81, has decided to convert his massive 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a bee sanctuary.
During a 2014 interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Freeman explains his new passion for beekeeping. Since that day five years ago, his passion has grown exponentially, and he has taken his conservationism much further.
“There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the planet…We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation…”
To help save the bees, Freeman important 26 bee hives from Arkansas into his ranch in Mississippi. Freeman spends a lot of time helping the bees survive by giving them an ample supply of sugar and water. He also plants bee-friendly plants like lavender, clover, and magnolia trees. It’s a real bee sanctuary that he was going on in Mississippi.
Because Freeman is as relaxed in real life as he is on the screen, he claims never to have to wear bee suits while working with his bees. Because he only feeds them and has no intention to harvest their succulent honey, he poses no threat.
While Morgan Freeman is doing his part to save the bees, the government could do a better job helping as well. Trump’s administration lifted a ban on pesticides that kill bees as well as other insects. The EPA had already discovered that Colony Collapse Disorder was the main reason for the decline in bee population over recent years. And because the Trump Administration has allowed farmers and agricultural giants to start using the bee-killing pesticide agent again, the population of bees is once again in jeopardy.
The previous ban prevented people and corporation from using neonicotinoid pesticides which are commonly referred to as neonics. They were directly linked to the plummeting bee populations around the world.
Neonics and insect resistant GMO crops have contributed to the death of millions of bees across the world. Humanity is making an impact on the world whether we want to believe it or not.