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Morgan Freeman: Actor, Director, Beekeeper

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

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The pressure to save our planet has been particularly noticeable within the past few years. This is undoubtedly due to the greater news coverage, increasing activism, and the topic looming large on social media. The latter frequently arises from celebrity endorsement. There are many in the public eye using social media to promote their vegan views – like Miley Cyrus and Natalie Portman – and using their great following and huge platform to spread some good. A name recently added to that list: Morgan Freeman. 

The 81-year-old actor made an appearance on the American late-night chat show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, to explain his vision of turning his 124-acre plot in Mississippi into a sanctuary for the bees. 

This follows an assessment from the US Environmental Protection Agency, suggesting that Colony Collapse Disorder is a main reason as to why the number of bees in on the decline. Colonies have been dying out due to bee-killing pesticides being made legal again in America, and insect-resistant genetically-modified crop. 

The loss of bees is incredibly dangerous not only for their species, but many plant species as well. Plants provide us with oxygen but will die out if pollination between bee and plant does not continue. It’s not just pretty flowers that bees pollinate, either – it’s our fruit and veg too. The American Beekeeping Federation has put forward that bees are accountable for $20 billion of crop pollination in America. 

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This is why Morgan Freeman began his beekeeping journey back in 2014, ensuring his land provided a vast and healthy environment for their colonies to expand and retreat. To kick-start his vision, Freeman imported 26 beehives from Arkansas. He has been feeding the bees sugar and water, and planted bee-friendly plants – Freeman himself estimated he has: “140 magnolia trees, big blossoms.”  And none of his good work is done to harvest their honey – only to encourage them to thrive.

It is often overlooked how vital bees our to not only our planet, but our own livelihood. With such a big Hollywood titan taking their importance into huge consideration, hopefully the word will be spread far and wide, and protection of this incredible species will increase. | Tru. 🌱

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