Bill Gates considers vegan burgers to be one of the 10 technological breakthroughs of 2019 due to the potential impact this food can have on society.
Every year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT, releases a list of 10 technological breakthroughs.
This year, MIT decided to do things a bit differently and invited Bill Gates to be the guest curator of the 2019 technological breakthroughs.
Gates’ list includes robots, energy-efficient toilets, artificial intelligence assistants, and “the cow-free burger.”
The Microsoft founder made reference to an FAO report that projects human beings will eat 73% more meat by 2050.
Gates suggests that with such a large population, eating meat would be unsustainable.
“Depending on the animal, producing a pound of meat protein with Western industrialized methods requires 4 to 25 times more water, 6 to 17 times more land, and 6 to 20 times more fossil fuels than producing a pound of plant protein,” said Gates.
Gates believes vegan burgers and other plant-based meat can limit the damage to the planet since they only require a fraction of the resources.
According to a University of Michigan analysis, the Beyond Meat Burger – the product of a vegan meat company which Bill Gateshas invested in –requires 46% less energy, 99% less water, and contributes 90% less greenhouse gas emissions than a similar serving of beef, while delivering equivalent nutrition.
In addition, according to Gates, both vegan burgers and lab-grown meat taste similar to traditional meat, though he admitted that the environmental impact of lab-grown meat has been in question recently.
The drastic reduction in resources needed to produce plant-based meat and the fact that these vegan products are now made to please meat eaters’ taste buds is why Gates believes they are one of the keys to sustainability.