The number of bees is decreasing day by day and Morgan is doing is part to save the tiny insects who play a vital role in our environment.
Morgan Freeman is the gift that keeps on giving. The legendary actor has always used his popularity and fame to raise awareness about certain issues, and this cause is no different. In case you were unaware, the number of bees has decreased rapidly and if we don't do anything to save them, they will soon be gone forever. Being an avid animal lover, Freeman is doing his part by converting his 124-acre ranch into a giant bee sanctuary!
The American actor, film director, narrator, philanthropist added another prestigious title to his name when he announced in 2014 that he had become a beekeeper to take care of the bees. Starting slow, Morgan started beekeeping as a hobby to save the presence of bees and help them survive. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Freeman talked about his latest interest and revealed that he is doing so because he keeps hearing about how the bees are struggling to survive and dying out.
Why are the bees decreasing in number so drastically, you ask? Excessive use of pesticides. According to SOSBees, the number of bees mysteriously started decreasing suddenly around the late 1990s and it was noticed that numerous bee-colonies have disappeared completely. It was found that pesticide is the main culprit which is killing our bees mercilessly. "Bee-killing pesticides, in particular, pose the most direct risk to pollinators. The main reasons for global bee-decline are linked to industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens, and climate change. The loss of biodiversity due to monocultures and the wide-spread use of bee-killing pesticides are particular threats for honeybees and wild pollinators."
The bees are extremely important for our environment, for our existence as a whole. The tiny insects are responsible for pollination and even though you might think how such a small thing can make such a huge impact, the truth is, a third of our food is a result of pollination and if bees are gone, the world will die out of hunger. "Who would pollinate all the crops? Hand-pollination is extremely labor-intensive, slow and expensive. The economic value of bees’ pollination work has been estimated at around € 265 billion annually, worldwide. So, also from a purely economic point of view, it pays to protect the bees," the website notes that bees are also saving millions and millions of our $$$.
He also added that he has imported over 26 hives full of bees from Arkansas to his ranch where he feeds them and looks after them. The bees too love Morgan Freeman and haven't stung him even once despite him not wearing the bee-hat. "I have not ever used the beekeeping hat with my 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."
"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," he urged others to help out the bees as well.
To save the environment, we need to save the bees. "But, what can we do?" Move towards ecological farming. "There is an urgent need to stop chemical-intensive industrial agriculture and to shift towards ecological farming. Ecological farming ensures healthy farming and healthy food for today and tomorrow by protecting soil, water, and climate, and promotes biodiversity. It does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs like synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers nor genetically engineered organisms."
Save the bees. Save yourself.