Bill Gates: “Rich Countries Should be Eating 100% Synthetic Beef”

February 18, 2022 at 6:57 pm

“You can get used to the taste difference,”  Gates says of lab-grown meats, which he is heavily invested in

“I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef,” Bill Gates said in a recent interview about his new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.

“You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time,” says Gates, who is heavily invested in both synthetic plant-based and lab-grown meats.

He added that he didn’t think the “world’s poorest 80 countries would be eating synthetic meat” anytime soon, presumably because they can’t afford it.

“For Africa and other poor countries, we’ll have to use animal genetics to dramatically raise the amount of beef per emissions.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is currently working on crossing the genetically engineered trait of “monstrous productivity” in American beef cattle with the heat tolerant trait of African cows, Gates noted.

“So for meat in the middle-income-and-above countries, I do think it’s possible [to go all synthetic,” he said.

However, Gates admits it will be difficult to get the public to accept lab-grown meats.

“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 argues reducing cow populations is necessary to fight climate change, because of the methane gas emitted by cow farts.

“Saying to people, ‘you can’t have cows anymore’ —talk about a politically unpopular approach to things.”

But “I’m afraid the synthetic will be required for at least the beef thing,” Gates laments.

“Now the people like Memphis Meats who do it at a cellular level—I don’t know that that will ever be economical. But Impossible and Beyond have a road map, a quality road map and a cost road map, that makes them totally competitive,”

Gates is an investor in Beyond Meats, Impossible Foods and Memphis Meats.