Bill Gates thinks this swap to synthetic meats should start right here in the US. Gates went on to address the disparities in global meat production, saying for “poor countries, we’ll have to use animal genetics to dramatically raise the amount of beef per emissions for them. Weirdly, the US livestock, because they’re so productive, the emissions per pound of beef are dramatically less than emissions per pound in Africa […] So no, I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat.”
Gates is a big supporter of environmentally sustainable meat substitutes and is a major investor in Memphis Meats, a lab-grown meat company, per Futurism. Unlike other plant-based meat-alternative companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods — in which Gates also invests — Memphis Meats uses muscle tissue that is synthetically manufactured in a laboratory environment, without using live animals.
Raising livestock for meat is one of the most environmentally destructive things people do. According to a study published in Procedia Food Science, “the livestock sector is one of the most significant contributors to urgent environmental problems,” per Science Direct. Animal agriculture accounts for almost 51 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, with major environmental effects including “pollution through fossil fuel usage, and water and land consumption,” as well as through “feed and fertilizers … fuels, pesticides, growth substrates, pharmaceuticals, machinery, buildings and other capital goods.”