Morgan Freeman has taken initiatives to help the environment in need by opening up his home to 26 hives of bees.
Morgan Freeman is not just an actor but a multi-faceted human-being known around the world. His acting skills and his unforgettable voice has given us goosebumps over the years. The actor, who celebrates his 82nd birthday on June 1, is not only accomplished in the movie industry but has also amazed us with his love for the environment.
According to The Epoch Times, the actor known for his million-dollar voice has lent his home to save honey bees. The actor has converted his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a bee sanctuary. Being a lover of the environment, the actor imported 26 beehives and has been growing magnolia trees and lavender to provide a favorable habitat for bees. The Shawshank Redemption star hopes to revive and conserve the bee population through these efforts.
During his appearance in the Jimmy Fallon Show in 2014, the actor revealed that he had taken up beekeeping as a hobby just two weeks before coming on the show. Having learned about the mass die-offs of honeybees over the years, he decided to import 26 hives full of bees from Arkansas to his ranch. Initially, Freeman faced issues since the bees away from their home and did not know where they could find food. He solved the problem by feeding the bees with two parts of sugar and one part of water.
Though it was his first time with the bees, the bees seem to like Freeman already. He told Jimmy Fallon that he never uses a beekeeping hat or any protective clothing and claimed that he was never stung by his bees. “They haven’t stung me yet, as right now I am not trying to harvest honey or anything, but I just feed them … I also think that they understand, ‘Hey, don’t bother this guy, he’s got sugar water here,’” said Freeman in the interview.
Morgan also took time to explain the need to have bees around. "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…I have a lot of flowering things, and I have a gardener too. As she takes care of the bees too, all she does is figure out, ‘OK, what would they like to have?’, so we have got acres and acres of clover, and we have some planting stuff like lavender, I have got like, maybe 140 magnolia trees, big blossoms."
According to Live kindly CEO Jodi Monelle, between the years 2015 and 2016 alone about 44 percent of honey bees have disappeared in the United States alone. This vanishing of bees in this alarming rate is called the “Colony Collapse Disorder.”
“Bees may be small but they are extremely hard-working creatures and if that tiny two percent is lost, 80 percent of our food from crop cultivation will also disappear,” said Monelle to The Epoch Times.