The 85-year-old veteran actor is also a beekeeper!
Morgan Freeman is doing his bit to save the planet. The award-winning actor who played God in Bruce Almighty converted his 124-acre ranch into a sanctuary for bees. How does this help? An approximate 70 percent of all our agriculture depends on bees and their unique ability to pollinate. Sadly, about 90 percent of the total bee population had been completely eradicated by 2019, per The Science Times, due to the uncontrolled use of pesticides, deforestation, or lack of flowers. The outlet noted that bees were declared the most important living being on earth and it's incredibly important to save them.
Colony Collapse Disorder is a troublesome phenomenon. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, "Colony Collapse Disorder is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen." The bees' importance is crucial in our planet's ecosystems.
Now, the Academy Award winner, who has lent his iconic voice and narrated for environmental organizations like One Earth in the past, has turned into an ecowarrior himself. Freeman is now a beekeeper, having converted his home over to the fight to preserve the insects. The actor imported 26 beehives to his ranch in Mississippi and has also been growing magnolia trees and lavender in order to provide a favorable habitat for the precious winged creatures. During an interview with talk show host Jimmy Fallon in 2014, the actor revealed that he had taken up beekeeping as a hobby.
The Bucket List star feeds the bees himself by giving them a concoction of sugar and water and seems to be a natural at beekeeping. The 85-year-old claims he doesn't have to wear beekeeping hats or any kind of protective clothing when tending to the bees. It seems he's in love with the bees and the bees have taken a liking to him as well. "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,'" said Freeman. The actor added, "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," the Gone Baby Gone star concluded. Inspiring!
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