Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates weighed in on the future of meat alternatives during his annual Ask Me Anything session on Reddit.
The 67-year-old billionaire fielded questions about a variety of topics from Redditors, including the climate and veganism, prompting Gate to share his optimism about plant-based meats.
“There are companies making ‘beef’ in new ways and people working to still use cows but reduce the methane emissions,” Gates wrote in the thread.
“I think eventually these products will be very good even though their share is small today,” he added.
Gates said he has backed meat alternative brands Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, and Upside Foods (formerly known as Memphis Meats).
However, the billionaire said he was less hopeful about the likelihood of the general public turning to veganism to save the climate.
“For people who want to go vegan that is great but I don’t think most people will do that,” he wrote.
The philanthropist concluded his answers to climate-related questions by emphasizing he believes it all comes down to cost, no matter which industry is being discussed.