Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates argued in a recent interview published with MIT Technology Review Sunday the world should prepare for a plant-based future to avert climate catastrophe. That future includes 100 percent 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,” Gates said.
For poorer countries however, Gates said, it’s not yet feasible.
“I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat,” the billionaire tech entrepreneur concluded.
The primary obstacle to Gates’ envisioned future: politics.
“For meat in the middle-income-and-above countries, I do think it’s possible. But it’s one of those ones where, wow, you have to track it every year and see, and the politics [are challenging],” Gates complained. “There are all these bills that say it’s got to be called, basically, lab garbage to be sold. They don’t want us to use the beef label.”
Gates’ warnings come as