It’s no secret that the global population of bees is rapidly declining as a result of human impact on the environment. The only “secret” that seems to exist is how that affects us as a collective.
There is an apparent disconnect between the destruction of the environment and other species and the effect it will have on human beings.
What many people don’t know is that bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that represent 90% of global food supply.
Without bees, we could not satisfy current global food demand, let alone reach the capacity required to meet rapidly increasing projected demand levels due to population growth.
Thankfully, awareness is increasing as more individuals and organizations shed light on this issue. Celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more recently Morgan Freeman have voiced their concerns for animal wellbeing and our environmental impact.
Morgan Freeman Blames Monsanto and the Government for the Decline in Bee Population
Earlier this year, Morgan Freeman made a guest appearance on Larry King Now.
The YouTube video below shows Morgan Freeman discussing our role in the rapid decrease in bee population and the destruction of the environment.
Addressing the bee crisis, host Larry King asks, “Would you blame Monsanto for making RoundUp or the government for their lax rules on pesticides?”
Freeman responds, “Both — there’s been a frightening loss of bee colonies, particularly in this country… to such an extent that scientists are now saying it’s dangerous.”
Freeman then goes on to compare the rapid decline in bee population to our role in killing canaries in coal mines. Years ago, prior to today’s advanced mining technology, canaries were used to detect harmful gases such as methane.
They were caged, placed in mines, and then monitored. As the amount of gas reached deadly levels, the canaries would either get sick, begin to sing louder, and/or in most cases, die, indicating that the workers needed to exit the mine.
This is a clear representation of our pattern of abusing animals and the environment, which still exists in animal agriculture, mining, and many other industries. Many people don’t comprehend the drastic impact killing animals and insects has on our environment, especially as a result of population dynamics.
Freeman explains that once one species is killed, this proliferates around the planet. Thousands of species are dying or approaching extinction as a result of our disrespect and disregard for the environment and its inhabitants.
Check out the video below: