Concerned about massive bee die-offs, Morgan Freeman has turned his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a massive bee sanctuary.
Back in July last summer, Freeman (or should we call him Beeman) was on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon when they discussed that he’d just imported a large hive two weeks prior, and was learning the ropes of being a beekeeper.
He mentioned he didn’t need to wear a protective suit when handling and feeding them, because jokingly: “I am at one with the bees.” Jimmy loved it, struggling to contain his laughter as usual.
Freeman had been feeding the bees by hand with a sugar-water mixture because: “They are out of their environment and don’t know where the food is yet.”
Well, one year on, and Freeman’s efforts with his bees have only increased.
He now has a gardener dedicated to planting acres and acres of flowers that bees like, including clover, lavender, and magnolia trees.
“I have so many flowering things, and I have a gardener too. Because she takes care of the bees too, all she does is figure out, ‘OK, what would they like to have?’, so we’ve got acres and acres of clover, we’re planting stuff like lavender, I’ve got like, maybe 140 magnolia trees, big blossoms,” he said in an interview.
“There’s a concerted effort to bring bees back onto the planet…We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation…” he said.
Unfortunately, humans and the chemicals used by companies like Monsanto and Syngenta have been major contributors to bee die-offs. When the honeybees started dying en masse, the alarm bells went off. Bees are critical to food production. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than a quarter of America’s diet relies on pollination by honeybees.
But thanks to Freeman and others like him who are taking this problem personally and working to save them in their own unique ways, we may be able to turn the decline around.
Check out the Jimmy Fallen interview below: