Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist, hopes imitation meat products will become a “very good” alternative for customers despite their limited market share.
Gates told a Reddit discussion on climate change, “I think eventually these products will be very good even though their share is small today,” CNBC said.
Gates said developments like Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, and Upside Foods, which uses animal cells to make meat in a lab, are vital to decrease animal consumption.
The climate campaigner claimed vegetarianism or veganism are “great” but that most people won’t give up meat.
He remarked, “I don’t think most people will do that.” Alternative meat products were needed to reduce meat consumption.
The UN cautioned this year that the 2015 Paris Climate Accord’s measures to reduce global warming had not been enough.
Gates “still believe[s] we can avoid a terrible outcome.”
Animal husbandry contributes 10–20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, although most studies include it as a main cause of climate change.
“The pace of innovation is really picking up even though we won’t make the current timelines or avoid going over 1.5 [degrees Celcius],” Gates remarked in answer to a question about how well the world is reacting to global warming.
“The key on climate is making the clean products as cheap as the dirty products in every area of emission—planes, concrete, beef etc.,” he stated. “This is the only way to change all countries. If it costs a lot extra we won’t succeed.”
Gates continued, “We need climate support from both parties in the U.S. and in all countries.”