Weekly news round-up in the alt-protein world…
If you saw news of the new UN climate report, you know how serious the peril we face is. Bill Gates offers his plan this week for taking action, including innovating our way toward a more plant-based diet. Good news for both him and the world: Beyond Meat, in whom Gates is invested, is now signaling its exploration of going public. And clean meat (real meat grown from animal cells) is progressing too, including in Israel, which is quickly becoming the Mecca of the field, according to Forbes.
Gates isn’t the only titan of business concerned about industrial farm animal production. Jeremy Coller, a private equity baron with $9 trillion of assets under management, is making this fight his life’s mission, as Bloomberg reports this week.
It’ll take many years before clean meat can put a dent in the problem, but voters this election have a chance to help animals now. This is especially true in California, where Prop 12 will, if enacted, create the strongest farm animal protection law on the planet.
Finally, keeping trees in the ground is another way to help, which is the focus of the latest interviewee on the Business for Good podcast, who’s making wood without trees!