Bill Gates declared in the year 2021 that the governments of the most prosperous nations should regulate their meat markets to mitigate the “climate disaster” of large-scale livestock, and that global warming could cause “more deaths than the COVID-19 pandemic“, and slipped that the population of these countries should go on to eat mostly synthetic meat. That is, artificial.
Members of the Foundation Bill and Melinda Gates they visited Uruguay in April and welcomed the local livestock production system. One of its members, more specifically its deputy director, Samuel Thevasagayamexpressed that Uruguay It has high-level researchers and producers, who have the capacity to produce sustainably without affecting the economy and the well-being of its inhabitants. He also argued that his model could serve as an inspiration for producers of the sub-saharan africa.
Other positions on environmentally sustainable livestock
The president of National Meat Institute (INAC), Conrad Ferber, does not seem to be so in agreement with presenting livestock as a determining factor in climate change. While acknowledging the amounts of emission of methanemaintains that its cycle is only 10 yearsin front of the 1000 years that remains the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Emissions could be further reduced with more digestible pastures and selecting individuals that emit fewer gases in relation to the kilo produced. It should be noted that the country tripled its meat production without increasing the herd.
For Walter Baethgenresearch scientist at the columbia university, Uruguay’s emphasis should be on differentiating itself from the form of meat production with respect to the region, thanks to its great advantage due to its climate and soil. In other countries, on the other hand, “feedlots” or fattening pens proliferate as a breeding formula.
He also pointed out that the country has 100% traceability in its cattle, also prohibiting the use of hormones and antibiotics. At the same time, Baethgen He added that Uruguay needs to measure the environmental aspects of its cattle so that the sustainability of what is being done is “scientifically unquestionable.”
Uruguay presents innovative initiatives in the sector
the forester Montes del Plata and the fridge BPU Meatof Japanese capital, signed a “carbon neutral meat” certification agreement in 2021, where more than 200 producers who graze on farms of Montes del Plata they will be able to access new markets after having said certification. Mosaic SAfor its part, achieved the world’s first “Carbon Neutral Meat” seal, with the aim of differentiating the product.
In a similar vein we find Minerva Foodsa Brazilian multinational that owns several refrigerators in Uruguay, with the creation of MyCarbon dedicated to the development and commercialization of carbon credits.