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Bill Gates has a beef with old-school beef.
The Microsoft co-founder told the MIT Technology Review that rich countries should replace the beef in their kitchens with plant-based or lab-grown alternatives to curb the environment-scarring effects of the cattle industry.
“I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef,” Gates, 65, said in an interview published Sunday. “You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time.”
He acknowledged the politics of such a wholesale move could prove challenging but said that Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, two companies that make plant-derived products, have provided “a quality road map and a cost road map.”
Gates, who released a book titled “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” on Tuesday, said in the interview that he’s hopeful the U.S. will make environmental progress in the years to come.
He told MIT’s technology review that “if you poll young voters, millennials, both who identify as Republican and Democrats, the interest in this issue is very high. And they’re the ones who will be alive when the world either is massively suffering from these problems or is not, depending on what gets done.”
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