Microsoft business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates discussed the merits of forgoing animal products at a recent speaking engagement, green-lifestyle blog Ecorazzi reports. In a video posted earlier this week on YouTube, Gates extols recent innovations in plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy, praising “companies that are taking the animal products … and actually coming up with a way of using largely plant-based materials—soy, peas, a variety of things—to make these things that are both cheaper, probably more healthy, less cruelty involved, less greenhouse gas emissions.” Agricultural innovation is central to Gates’ organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds international projects focused on issues such as sustainability, food security, and economic development.
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