Bill Gates has a new book out – and one of his suggestions, that people switch to synthetic meat to reduce meat’s impact on the environment, has gotten a lot of people very angry.
It all started with an interview that Gates did with MIT Tech Review about his book,How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, which comes out this month and describes Gates’ ideas for reducing the impact of climate change on the world. In it, Gates suggested that rich countries should be moving towards 100 % synthetic meat.
"I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand," the Microsoft co-founder told theMIT Tech Review.
For some reason – and apparently because there isn’t enough to actually get upset over at the moment – conservatives seemed to take this as a direct affront to their way of life.
The most ridiculous was Lauren Boebert, a Republican Congresswoman for Colorado who’s attracted attention over her controversial views. She tweeted a photo of a steak from a butcher shop, telling Gates to ‘come and get it’.
Gates praised companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat for creating a ‘quality and cost road map’. But people like Boebert and Conryn are unlikely to change their minds about synthetic meat – unless a certain prominent businessman and ex president started selling ads for it.