Bill Gates suggests synthetic beef like Beyond Meat is a key part of climate action. The Microsoft cofounder and chair of the investment fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures recently suggested that “all rich countries should move to 100 [percent] synthetic beef” in an interview with MIT Technology Review. Why is Gates, a direct and indirect investor in brands like Beyond Meats and Impossible Foods, pushing for synthetic meat—particularly synthetic beef—as a climate solution? In wealthier nations, then, synthetic beef is a good place to start to solve that protein problem—and slow the effects of climate change, too. “I do think all rich countries should move to 100 percent synthetic beef.