Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has reportedly converted his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a bee sanctuary to save the declining bee population.
The popular star and director has imported 26 bee hives from Arkansas to his Mississippi ranch, where he has planted bee-friendly plants including lavender, clover, and magnolia trees, Forbes reported.
“I’ve discovered I don’t have to put on a bee suit or anything to feed them,” Morgan said a 2014 interview on the “Tonight Show.” “I’ve never been stung. I’m never gonna get stung.”
In another interview with Larry King, Freeman decried “a frightening loss of bee colonies, particularly in this county — to such an extent that the scientists are now saying ‘this is dangerous,'” The Hill reported.
According to a 2016 report supported by the Department of Agriculture, between April 2015 and April 2016 beekeepers lost nearly half of their colonies, The Washington Post has reported.
Last August, the Interior Department announced it would reverse an Obama-era rule banning pesticides that threatened bees and butterflies, as well as other pollinators, and wildlife such as birds. The Hill noted.
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