Morgan Bee-Man

Our favorite narrator voice, Morgan Freeman has a heart for bees. He recently finished converting his 124 acre ranch into a bee-saving sanctuary. He became interested in beekeeping in 2014. Morgan freeman often speaks of keeping bees and the necessity to preserve and save wild bees for healthier environments. Freeman said, "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, and the vegetation."

To get started, he imported 26 bee hives from Arkansas to his ranch-style home in Mississippi. It is at the ranch, where he feeds the bees sugar and water. Others help with the planting of magnolia trees, lavender, clover, and other plants that are not harmful to the species. Morgan Freeman often brags of never wearing a bee suit or a bee hat and haven't been stung. The actor, philanthropist, and director only feeds the bees and has no intention of retrieving honey or disrupting the beehives.

Freeman's efforts are even more important because last Fall, the current presidential administration lifted a ban of bee-killing pesticides. The ban blocked the use of neonicotinoid pesticides which have been linked to decreasing wild bee populations around the world. The combination of these pesticides and insect resistant GMO crops have led to widespread deaths of bee colonies. Science, a journal that contains bee research links the lessened bee population to a multitude of things such as parasites, pesticides and habitat loss. While there is no research showing bees will become extinct soon, the decrease in bee populations will continue to have a rippling effect on plants across the globe.

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