Morgan Freeman, the Academy Award-winning actor, and philanthropist has a new name for himself: Beekeeper. He turned his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a bee sanctuary to help fight their shrinking population.
In 2014, Freeman discussed his new endeavor with Jimmy Falon during The Tonight Show. He had started beekeeping a few weeks before the interview and expressed his concern for the massive die-offs and the need to preserve the bees.
During the interview, Freeman revealed the motivation behind his new hobby. “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 not ever used the beekeeping hat with my bees. They haven’t stung me yet, as right now I am not trying to harvest honey or anything, but I just feed them…I also think that they understand, ‘Hey, don’t bother this guy, he’s got sugar water here,” he said.
The Importance of Bees
American Beekeeping Federation revealed that Honey Bees account for $20 billion worth of crop population. Unfortunately, colonies are considered products and almost two-thirds are transported across the country to produce honey and pollinate crops.
“There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the plane,” Freeman continued. “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. As she takes care of the bees too, all she does is figure out, ‘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.”
Why is Honey Not Vegan?
Freeman said that he doesn’t take any honey and his sole mission is to give bees a safe place to live. Honey is a critical source of food for the bees during winters and nectar shortages and stealing it for human consumption is doing the bees harm.
Hence why honey is not vegan. Vegans go for cruelty-free alternatives like Bee Free Honee, which is produced organically and is involved in causes that support bees.
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