In a recent interview, Bill Gates stated:
“I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.”
After that statement, a lot of people were infuriated. Comments all over the internet questioned:
- Is Bill Gates vegetarian – or even vegan?
- Does Bill even practice what he preaches?
So I’ve stumbled upon an even newer interview, where a reporter exactly wants to know what’s going on in Bill’s mind when it comes to meat consumption.
This interview was super insightful. So after this article you’ll know exactly whether Bill is a person to trust – or not – when it comes to his advice on veganism, and ultimately the climate crisis.
Let’s just dive right into it.
Trustworthiness of Bill Gates vs. Elon Musk
Why do a lot of people trust Elon Musk, but very few people trust Bill Gates?
It’s because Elon Musk has no filter. He speaks his mind even if it’s to his detriment.
Now what makes Bill Gates untrustworthy is his BIG filter. Bill Gates does not like to share information and often does not respond to uncomfortable question that he’s been asked.
In the newer interview, the reporter asks Bill Gates: “Are you planning to give meat up a 100%?”
Instead of giving a simple yes or no answer to that question, Bill Gates deflects the answer.
He speaks of the ‘demands in burger chains’, ‘clever meat substitute’ and ‘methane-reduction technology’ in cattle farming.
I mean what has the demand of burger chains to do with the simple yes-or-no question? That does not make sense.
If you read between the lines of Bill’s long answer you’ll know, that yes indeed, he’s planning to give up beef 100% because of it’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions.
Bill Gates: Withholding Information
Now why does Bill Gates not give a simple yes and now answer to that? Why is he withholding information?
Here’s the simplest reason for that: He’s afraid to step on other people’s toes.
Let me explain. His private investment company Cascade LLC has big investments in Coca Cola, 88 million share which are worth about 4.3 billion dollars.
Warren Buffett, Bill Gates’ best buddy, has about $20 billion dollars invested in Coca Cola.
Now here’s why this is a big deal: The soft drink industry has strong ties with the processed foods industry. For example Coca Cola has a very long relationship with McDonalds.
Now needless to say, companies like McDonalds rely heavily on people buying cheap meat.
Bill Gates recently said about the meat industry, and switching to synthetic beef (Impossible Foods) that:
“Wow, the politics are challenging.”
“They don’t want us to use the beef label.”
Bill Gates is rich and powerful – but it doesn’t seem that he is yet as powerful as the collective of the processed food industry.
And Bill Gates knows that, so that’s the solution he came up with:
Genius! Bill Gates’s Solution
Instead of urging people to stop eating meat, he urges the switch to synthetic beef (or a clever meat substitute). This allows the processed food companies to survive, because there’s a gradual switch to new business practices.
So is Bill Gates the secret vegan?
Here’s my controversial opinion:
Bill Gates is very likely not entirely plant-based, but super close to being plant-based in a private setting.
2 reasons for that:
- Bill Gates is looking to live a long time. He once answered a question on Reddit to what’s left on his bucket list to ‘Don’t die’. He’s also super aware of the leading causes of death due to the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and it’s publication of the global burden of disease study. So it’s likely that he stacks the cards in his favor by avoiding sodium, meat and stocking up on fruits and veggies.
- There’s a strong incentive for Bill to claim publicly that he’s not vegan, because he does not want to step on the toes of his billionaire friends.
So here’s what we’re going to see in the future:
My prediction: Once the tide shifts to synthetic meat, Bill will be more vocal about plant-based options with even stronger opinions. We should see this in the next 5-10 years.