It's no secret that bees seem to be the lynchpin of our entire existence; without them, we wouldn't have fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees -- basically, everything we need (and our food needs) to survive.Small bee sanctuaries have been popping up here and there, but an increased usage of pesticides and, perhaps, even GMOs has been seeing the bees dying off.
Enter Morgan Freeman. Last year, he brought bees to his home in Mississippi, and, while he may describe himself as a 'beekeeper', he is actually doing so much more than that. He is devoting his 124 acre ranch to the bees, creating a sanctuary for them.
Because his bees were brought in from another state -- legally, he clarifies -- they didn't immediately know where the food sources were. He went out and fed them a sugar/water mixture to ensure their survival. He also says that he doesn't need to wear a beekeeper's suit around them, and he doesn't anticipate being stung because he 'resonates' with the bees.
Since then, he has created a bee paradise on his land. In an interview, he explained the process:
There's a concerted effort to bring 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 so many flowering things and I have a gardener, too. Because she takes care of the bees too, all she does is figure out, "OK, what would they like to have?", so we've got acres and acres of clover, we're planting stuff like lavender, I've got like, maybe 140 magnolia trees, big blossoms.
In case you were wondering, he didn't just bring in a couple of hives to feel good about himself, either. He has 26 separate hives on his property which, collectively, house thousands of bees.
You can watch him first discussing his bees on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last year below: