Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates expressed his optimism that faux meat products could be a "very good" selection for customers, even though the fraction of these items in the "meat" market is still quite small.
"I think eventually these products will be very good even though their share is small today," Gates said in a Reddit forum on a question relating to tackling the climate crisis, first reported CNBC.
Bill Gates emphasized the importance of plant-based food solutions such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, which provide burger-to-chicken nugget alternatives, and Upside Foods - a technology firm that utilizes animal cells to cultivate meat in a laboratory setting - for decreasing our dependence on animals.
Even though vegetarianism and becoming vegan are more common approaches for avoiding meat, the climate activist praised these efforts—recognizing their importance in reducing our carbon footprint. Yet they also noted realistically that not everyone may be willing to fully remove meat from their diet.
"I don’t think most people will do that," he said, noting that alternative meat products were necessary options to therefore lower meat consumption.
"The key on climate is making the clean products as cheap as the dirty products in every area of emission — planes, concrete, meat, etc," he said. "This is the only way we can ask all the countries in the world to change. If it costs a lot extra we won’t succeed."