In a recent Fortune feature, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, shared his top “Game Changing Technologies” that could significantly improve society. The first tech trend was replacing meats with plants. “Replacing livestock with growing and harvesting plants could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change.” The meat industry produces significant greenhouse gases and the entire system is inherently inefficient and unsustainable – especially compared to delivering the same amount of protein with plant-based foods.
Schmidt said, “The world is now ready to produce better synthetic food from plants with the help of computers and data crunching.”
Companies are already capitalizing on this trend: Memphis Meats, a bio-tech startup in San Francisco made headlines with its plan to make animal agriculture obsolete as was reported in The Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine. Another hot startup company, Impossible Foods, was able to “fool” a Bon Appetit writer and her family with the taste of its meat-free burger.