During a recent interview, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates suggested that wealthy nations could help combat global climate change by consuming plant-based meat instead of beef.
Gates’ newest book titled “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” released today, Tuesday, Feb. 16. While discussing the new book with Technology Review, he highlighted the benefits of switching to “100% synthetic beef.” He thinks that rich countries can contribute methane emission reductions when it comes to food production. In addition, Gates says people would get used to the taste difference, especially as it improves over the years.
“I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef,” Gates explained in the interview. “You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time.”
The software developer told Technology Review that he is hopeful of the change. He thinks the plant-based meat industry will be more competitive in the near future. Gates also thinks the companies can play a huge role in combating methane emissions produced by livestock.
“Impossible and Beyond have a road map, a quality road map and a cost road map, that makes them totally competitive,” Gates said of the plant-based meat companies. “As for scale today, they don’t represent 1% of the meat in the world, but they’re on their way.”
Gates admits that it’s still an unpopular opinion to get rid of cows as a form of food. However, he made sure to emphasize that plant protein is a viable option and a realistic one as well.
“Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand. So for meat in the middle-income-and-above countries, I do think it’s possible,” Gates said.
Bill Gates Is Largest Farmland Owner in United States
Bill Gates, the fourth richest man in the world, has surprisingly become America’s largest farmland owner.
The philanthropist’s land portfolio consists of an enormous 242,000 acres of farmland across America, according to The Land Report. He owns land in 18 states, while boasting the most in Louisiana (69,071 acres), Arkansas (47,972 acres), and Nebraska (20,588 acres).
Additionally, he also owns 25,750 acres of transitional land west of Phoenix, Arizona, which is reportedly being used for a new suburb. Furthermore, Gates owns 14,500-acres of land in his home state of Washington, which cost $171 million.
Gates’ farmland is owned by Cascade Investment – a Seattle, Washington area firm. The investment company also manages the business magnate’s $124 billion fortune.
However, it isn’t entirely clear why Bill Gates has been buying up so much farmland across the country. Cascade Investment has chosen not to answer questions that revolved around their plans for the farmland. Yet The Land Report also explained that Cascade Investment fully supports sustainable farming. Therefore, Gates might be utilizing the farmland for experimental, environmentally-friendly farming.