Morgan Freeman, he’s a well-known and beloved actor, film director, and now, beekeeper. The 81-year-old has made the decision to covert his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a sanctuary for bees. The actor first became interested in beekeeping back in 2014, where he first discussed his hobby on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He had only been beekeeping a few weeks prior to his appearance on the show.
As in his interview, Freedman spoke about his experience with the bees as well as the importance for preserving and saving the wild bees in order to maintain a healthy environment. Freedman spoke about why he started beekeeping, saying, “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…”
He had imported 26 beehives to his Mississippi ranch from Arkansas. He feeds his bees sugar water and plants bee-friendly plants such as magnolia trees, lavender, clover, etc. Freeman has admitted that he has never worn a bee suit and hat, and they haven’t stung him yet. He also has no intention of using them for money or disturbing his hives.
Freedman’s foray into beekeeping is coming at a critical time for the environment. The EPA has BLANK Colony Collapse Disorder as the leading cause of the bee decline in the last five years. If the decline continues, a loss of bees can cause a number of ecological and agricultural issues since bees play a key role as plant pollinators.
Thank you Morgan Freedman for taking steps to save the bees.