“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” — Albert Einstein
Bees are dying at an alarming rate, we need to start paying attention and stop this by all means or face Food Wars in the nearby future. Currently, there is a lot of disinformation stating that if bees go extinct there won’t be a food crisis, to believe this you would have to be extremely naive as at the moment according to The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that about 815 million people of the 7.6 billion people in the world, that is to say, 10.7%, are suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2016. In other words, 815 million people are starving.
On the other hand, bees, particularly honeybees, have been around for millions of years and are responsible for pollinating over a third of all food supplies and a whopping 90% of wild plants. If the bees go extinct wild animals would follow as they would not be able to find plants to feed on. So, you don’t need to be a scientist or a genius to understand what would happen if bees went extinct. The numbers are right there for you.
Pollination is the key in the reproduction of many plants on the farms and in the wild. The honey bee is a major pollinator of several of our food crops including sunflowers, avocados, cherries, apples, almonds, watermelon and many more. The honey bee is extremely important in crop pollination that some farmers “rent” them or ship them in to pollinate their crops in the spring. This is just how important they are. But the bees’ significance goes far beyond crop growing. They also pollinate more than 16 per cent of flowering plant species that make our garden beautiful, and of course, there is also honey. More than $327 million worth of raw honey was produced in 2015 in the United States (USDA). But there is one actor who already knows this and has converted his 124 Acre Ranch into a giant sanctuary for wild bees.
Morgan Freeman; the first time I watched him in a movie was in Robin Hood, and ever since I’ve liked him for not only being a good actor but for also being down to earth type of guy. Morgan Freeman is known as an actor, filmmaker and a director but lately is being celebrated for his participation in helping to revive the bee population and bringing awareness to this topic.
As mentioned above one third of what you eat today is a direct result of the very hardworking yet humble honeybee. Without any doubt they are dying at an alarm rate and people all over the world are trying their best to help these little guys stay alive, some are planting flowers that bees like to visit, some petitioning their governments to stop using pesticides that kill bees and others taking it to the next level keeping bees themselves in their gardens.
On this subject Morgan Freeman had the following to say:
“Recognizing that bees play an integral part in the maintenance of our ecosystem” and,
“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,” and added:
“I’ve not ever used [the beekeeping hat] with my bees,” he says. “They haven’t (stung me) yet, because right now I’m not trying to harvest honey or anything, I’m just feeding them… I think they understand, ‘Hey, don’t bother this guy, he’s got sugar water here.”
Also a reminder, bees can become tired and they simply won’t have enough energy to return to the hive which can often result in death. “If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee”.
Here’s the full video where you can learn what inspired him to take such an action.
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