In a MIT Technology Review interview published on Sunday, Bill Gates discusses his new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster and mentions that he believes rich nations should move to consume synthetic beef.
This came after the interviewer, James Temple, asked Gates whether he thought that plant-based and lab-grown meats could be a viable solution to the seeming global protein problem and especially in poorer nations.
Gates answered that the African continent and other poorer countries will have to make use of animal genetics to raise the amount of beef per emissions. He added that due to the productivity, livestock from the United States has dramatically fewer emissions per pound of beef than that of African livestock.
“So no, I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat. I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef,” Gates answers.
Gates told the publication that people will be able to get used to the difference in taste and it is claimed that that the taste of the synthetic beef will improve 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,” Gates tells Temple.
He says that while moving to synthetic beef is possible, it is a decision that will have to be reviewed on an annual basis and observe changes in the political climate.