Morgan Freeman has turned his 124-acre ranch into a bee sanctuary to help maintain the bee population.
What started as a hobby has now become a mission to save the world, as Morgan Freeman turns his passion for beekeeping into a bee paradise by turning his 124-acres into a bee sanctuary.
Back in 2014, Freeman found himself interested in beekeeping after learning about the massive decline in bees in the US. From this point onwards, Freeman has had over 26 beehives imported from Arkansas to his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi. With clovers, magnolia trees and lavenders blooming, it truly is a sanctuary for the bees.
Freeman has joined a global movement in an attempt to help conserve the bees, and is constantly raising awareness and making it known that bees are important for our survival.
Freeman has stated: “There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the planet… We do not realise that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation.”
Wild and domestic honeybees account for 80% of the pollination across the world. Bees are responsible for the majority of fruits, vegetables and nuts being pollinated for us to eat, without this amazing species the human race could be on the verge of extinction.
It has been noted in the last several decades by both farmers and scientists that there has been a significant decrease in the population of bees. Since 1962, there has been a 90% decline in the number of working bees per hectare.
There is no standalone reason for this, a combination of climate change, pesticides and reduction in bees’ natural habitat has all resulted in this alarming fact.
Some of these matters are being addressed, with bee-exterminating pesticides being banned, but there are other ways of helping this vital cycle. From planting flowers that bees particularly like in your garden, such as crocus and hyacinth to a standalone bee house at the back of your garden.
Yeah, you might not have a spare 124-acres but everything counts.
So with one small step for bees, it means one big step for helping save our planet. There has never been a more crucial time, with the Amazon Rainforest burning at a record rate.