I’ve posted several blogs recently on the new vegetarian “meats” that are available and how vegetarian meats are expected to trend over the next few years. This weekend, I read on article on Ecorazzi.com (still smile every time I read that name) summarizing a blog
post from Bill Gates on the topic of vegetarian meats.
According to Ecorazzi.com, Bill Gates’ post focuses on the fact that the current diet on this planet is not sustainable and accurately points out that since no one expects every person on the planet to become a vegetarian, we’ll have to come up with some alternate solutions.
As Gates points out, our meat consumption rate has doubled in the last twenty years and is expected to have doubled again by the year 2050.
All of that meat consumes an awful lot of feed and water while it’s alive and that’s the problem.
Put simply, there’s no way to produce enough meat for 9 billion people. Yet we can’t ask everyone to become vegetarians. We need more options for producing meat without depleting our resources.”
No one will argue that Bill Gates is a smart man when it comes to economics and he has a solution that not only preserves our resources but also boosts food manufacturing.
Gates suggests that we produce far more vegetarian meat (indeed, says we’ll HAVE to) and also talks about two companies that are already doing a great job of that.
Companies like Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek Foods are experimenting with new ways to use heat and pressure to turn plants into foods that look and taste just like meat and eggs. I tasted Beyond Meat’s chicken alternative and was impressed. I couldn’t tell the difference between Beyond Meat and real chicken. Beyond Eggs, Hampton Creek Foods’ egg substitute, doesn’t contain the high cholesterol of real eggs.”
I think that a lot of companies take Bill Gates seriously and I hope that his post will resonate with companies that have the capability to create new vegetarian options and also make them appealing to non-vegetarians. I agree that vegetarian meats are a possible solution to the predicted food supply and resource issues.
What do you think?