Bill Gates has suggested that residents in wealthy countries eat '100 percent synthetic beef' in order to try and tackle the greenhouse emissions that cause climate change.
Billionaire Gates was speaking while promoting his new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, in which he writes that we can use new technological advancements to avert a potential climate disaster.
Gates has previously said that climate change is one of the biggest threats to humanity.
In an interview with the MIT Technology Review magazine, Gates said: "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."
He added: "You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they're going to make it taste even better over time."
Cows bred for beef, or more specifically the methane gasses produced by cows bred for beef, are a large contributor to greenhouse emissions.
In his book, which was released today, Gates outline three things we need to do to stop a climate disaster:
- To avoid a climate disaster, we have to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions.
- We need to deploy the tools we already have, like solar and wind, faster and smarter.
- And we need to create and roll out breakthrough technologies that can take us the rest of the way.
Gates admits this won't be easy, but also believes that 'we can do it' and hails 'exciting progress' in the area.
He writes: "The cost of renewable energy from the sun and wind has dropped dramatically.
"There's more public support for taking big steps to avoid a climate disaster than ever before. And governments and companies around the world are setting ambitious goals for reducing emissions."
And it seems as though the Microsoft founder is definitely worth listening to, because all the way back in 2015 he appeared to correctly predict the coronavirus pandemic and urged scientists to be ready.
At the time, he said: "If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it's likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war.
"Not missiles, but microbes."
Earlier this month, Gates appeared on YouTube channel Veritasium where he told host Derek Muller: "There's no good feeling that comes with something like this saying 'I told you so'."
When asked about predictions for the future, he said: "One is climate change. Every year that would be a death toll even greater than we have had in this pandemic."
He added a further prediction, saying: "Bio-terrorism. Somebody who wants to cause damage could engineer a virus and that means the cost, the chance of running into this is more than the naturally-caused epidemics like the current one."