Freeman got into beekeeping in 2014 and has since imported as many as 26 bee hives all the way from Arkansas and to his ranch in Mississippi.
When we speak about the actor, Morgan Freeman, we can't help but think of God! Or at least his role as God in the hit movie Bruce Almighty. His acting skills are such that he can get into the skin of any character, even if it's that of the man above. Off the camera though, Freeman is engaging in an activity that is nothing short of 'godly' so to speak - he has converted his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a bee sanctuary. Nope, he is not doing this only as a hobby. It is out of a greater sense of doing good and care for the environment and for mankind. His motives are inspired by the alarming decline in the bee population and Freeman genuinely wants to help. Freeman's foray into beekeeping began in 2014 mentions an article in Forbes. The first time the public got to know about Freeman's good deed in this department was when he discussed the same during an interview with Jimmy Fallon in 2014 during a program of The Tonight Show. Freeman had taken up beekeeping just a couple of weeks before he appeared on the show. Freeman talked about his experience and the challenges in keeping bees and more so the need to preserve and save wild bees for healthy environments. Trust Freeman to pursue greater causes such as this. After all the man does need an interest he can excel in after his mastery in acting.
During the interview with Fallon, Freeman talked with great enthusiasm about his motivation on how and why got into beekeeping. He 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, the vegetation..." In the show, Freeman also highlighted how he imported as many as 26 bee hives all the way from Arkansas and to his ranch in Mississippi.
Freeman spends a lot of time working to feed the bees sugar and water. While at the ranch he is also busy planting bee-friendly magnolia trees, lavender, clover, and other vegetation. Freeman also is quite the daredevil we hear. In the interview, he said that he never wears a bee suit or a bee hat and that the bees haven't stung him yet. The expertise of this level is usually seen in beekeepers who have been in doing this for years. Probably, Freeman always had an inborn talent for beekeeping and although he realized it late, he did so ultimately.
According to Mirror, Freeman said at the show, "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…I have a lot of flowering things, and I have a gardener too." He further highlighted the many activities taking care of his bee farms and planting trees and plants that are helpful for the bee repopulation, "OK, what would they like to have?’, so we have got acres and acres of clover, and we have some planting stuff like lavender, I have got like, maybe 140 magnolia trees, big blossoms."
Freeman only feeds his bees and has no intention of harvesting honey or disrupting the beehives. The Forbes article pointed out how the Environmental Protection Agency has blamed Colony Collapse Disorder as a primary cause for the decline of bees over the last five years. According to the agency, Colony Collapse Disorder is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen.
The continued decline of bee colonies can lead to a number of ecological and agricultural issues as bees play the role of a key pollinator for plants. Trump Administration rolled back bans on the use of bee-killing pesticides last fall. The ban prevented the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics), which have been linked to declining wild bee populations around the world. The pesticides and insect resistant GMO crops have led to widespread deaths of bee colonies, a Forbes article said.
Research published in the journal Science links the declining bee populations to a combination of parasites, pesticides and habitat loss. While there is no evidence that bees are going to become extinct anytime soon, the decline of bee populations will continue to have ripple effects on wild vegetation and agricultural crops around the world. The Mirror article also points out that Freeman isn't the only famous beekeeper in Hollywood as it was reported Scarlett Johansson took up the hobby after her co-star Samuel L. Jackson gave her a beehive as a wedding present. It's thought she used the honey harvested from the bees in her skincare regime.