The 84-years old actor, film director, and philanthropist, Morgan Freeman, is a multifaceted man. Now, he’s also a beekeeper. The world-renowned legend recently transformed his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a sanctuary for honeybees.
Freeman has realized the major role honey bees play in balancing the environment and their contemporary predicament. This knowledge encouraged him to start this project to join hands in preserving honey bees. He turned his ranch into a honeybee sanctuary by planting trees such as magnolia, lavender, and clover which are known to invite bee populations. He imported 26 beehives from Arkansas to live in his ranch, and the bee population there has now reached a whopping one million.
In 2014, Freeman stated in an episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, “There is a concerted effort to bring bees back onto the planet.” He further stressed the importance of honey bees saying that bees are the very foundation of vegetation, the ecosystem, and this planet.
Why Are Bees So Important?
Bees are currently facing a threat of extinction due to a multitude of factors such as habitat loss, excessive usage of insecticides and pesticides, and parasites. Also, there has been a decline in the number of beekeepers. The number has dropped to 20% since 1990.
Bees contribute to 80% of the world’s pollination according to Greenpeace. Fewer bees mean less pollination. Less pollination means fewer crops. And fewer crops breed a hungry world. To avoid this catastrophe, the European Union has decided to ban several pesticides to save bees alongside hundreds of other insects from extinction.
Actor and filmmaker Morgan Freeman knows that bees are a crucial part of the ecosystem—and he’s concerned about their dwindling numbers.
— PETA (@peta) March 2, 2019
At an age like this, Freeman’s effort to save the planet should be highly appreciated. His initiative has brought him respect and admiration from all over the world. However, the task is not easy.
His gardener takes care of the bees and does her best to expand the project. She has already planted over 140 magnolia trees to help increase the bee population. Freeman has no intention of collecting honey or disrupting the hives in any way. But, he does sugar water them to make sure they are healthy as horses.
Freeman’s beekeeping project reminds us that humans are capable of making a difference. Furthermore, being a celebrity, his project will raise awareness regarding the possible honeybee apocalypse.
According to scientists, insects such as bees, ants, and beetles are vanishing at a rate 8 times faster than birds, mammals, and reptiles. There is a chance that they may not even survive this century. Unless we work together to prevent this, insects will face mass extinction sooner than you can imagine.