Philanthropist, billionaire, public health expert, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is promoting his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, and talking about how we can mitigate the climate crisis. He told MIT Technology Review that part of the answer lies within eating plant-based meats.

He told the outlet that rich countries should focus on plant-based options, “I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behaviour of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand.”

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While his book covers solutions needed for agriculture, energy, and manufacturing, he points out that a significant methane reduction would result if we reduced our beef consumption.

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“There are all the things where they feed them different food like there’s this one compound that gives you a 20% reduction [in methane emissions],” Gates said. “But sadly, those bacteria [in their digestive system that produce methane] are a necessary part of breaking down the grass. And so I don’t know if there’ll be some natural approach there. I’m afraid the synthetic [protein alternatives like plant-based burgers] will be required for at least the beef thing.”

Read more about Bill Gates, including his comments on coronavirus, and how climate change could be worse than the pandemic.

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