Ice Age Farmer – Feb 16, 2021
Rich countries should only eat synthetic beef, says Bill Gates
Sky News – Feb 16, 2021
Bill Gates has urged rich nations to move to “100% synthetic beef” in order to address the greenhouse gas emissions driving global climate change.
In his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, the billionaire philanthropist stresses that while it remains possible for humanity to avert the disaster through technological achievements, government policy will ultimately be needed.
Speaking to the MIT Technology Review magazine, he said that some governments would be constrained by their wealth: “I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic beef. I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.”
Burping cows bred for beef are a massive contributor to emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, which has reached record levels according to research published last July.
The amount of methane in the atmosphere grew massively between 2000 and 2017, leading to what researchers believe could be a global warming increase of up to four degrees Celsius by the end of the century.