Morgan Freeman transforms his 124-acre ranch into a honeybee sanctuary

April 13th, 2021

Morgan Freeman started acting when he was just 9 years old. It was for a school play. After that, he worked on several acting jobs until he earned his first role in “Hello, Dolly!”, a musical.

Throughout his career, Morgan has played a wide variety of roles. He’s been Malcolm X, Alex Cross, President Allan Trumbull, and even God ( in Bruce Almighty).

One of Morgan’s most important roles is not in from of the cameras.

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He’s helping save the bees. He’s doing everything he can to keep bees from dying at an alarming rate.

The American actor has converted his Mississipi ranch into a sanctuary for the bees.

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The 124-acre ranch has been turned into a paradise for the bees. It has magnolia trees, clover, and lavender in bloom.

At times, he personally works with the bees. He feeds them with sugar water. And the most surprising part?

While caring for the bees, he’s never worn a bee suit.

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In an interview with Jimmy Fallon in 2014, Morgan shared:

“I’m never going to get stung.”

The insects probably know that Morgan is doing his best to help them. They know that he’s just trying to feed them and not take away their honey or harm their home. It’s like they understand.

Morgan started beekeeping in 2014.

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It started out as a hobby. As he learned more about bees, he realized how bad their situation is.

In the last couple of decades, there has been a dramatic decrease in the population of bees worldwide. In fact, since 1962, the population of working bee colonies has declined by as much as 90%.

There are so many factors that contribute to the decline in the bee population.

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The list includes the use of pesticides and climate change. The reduction in the natural habitats of bees is a factor, too.

Fortunately, there are people like Morgan Freeman who are dedicated to helping bees.

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Apart from converting his huge ranch, he also imported more than 26 beehives. He has joined different groups supporting bee conservation, too.

On saving the bees

Both wild and domestic honey bees are responsible for about 80% of all pollination all around the world. Imagine: just one bee colony can pollinate around 300 million flowers in a day.

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Bees pollinate about 70 out of the top 100 food crops humans eat. This means that they pollinate a huge percentage of the world’s nutrition.

Now, you don’t have to own a farm or be like Morgan Freeman to help the bees. There are simple things you can do to make sure they thrive.

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For one, you can plant native flowers in your garden. Consider leaving a dish of water in your yard, too. This is one way to make sure that bees will have water to drink.

Ditch the pesticides, too. Keep your home as pesticide-free as possible. Such chemicals are bad for the bees even at low doses.

If you’re keeping a garden in your yard, create a small home for the bees. It doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as putting a coffee can on your fence. Drill holes in them and add bricks and tubes to create little nooks and crannies.

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Source: Wikipedia, Green Peace