Potatoes supplied to McDonald’s are reportedly grown on Bill Gates’ farmland, which is said to be so vast it can be seen from space.
The Microsoft co-founder, who is the owner of the largest private farmland in the US, is producing the potatoes across 5,700 hectares of land, reports NBC News.
However, Gates has insisted that he isn’t investing in agriculture because of ‘climate change’ but because he was advised to do so.
“My investment groups chose to do this,” he explained on Reddit. “It is not connected to climate.”
He then continued: “The agricultural sector is important. With more productive seeds, we can avoid deforestation and help Africa deal with the climate difficulty they already face.
“It is unclear how cheap biofuels can be, but if they are cheap it can solve the aviation and truck emissions.”
According to the publication, the acres were purchased through a number of companies that are linked to the 65-year-old’s investment group, Cascade Investment.
Earlier this year, Gates argued that rich countries need to start eating ‘100 percent synthetic meat’ in order to tackle climate change.
In an interview with MIT Technology Review, he explained: “I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic beef. I do think all rich countries should move to 100 per cent synthetic beef. They’re going to make it taste even better over time.”
The philanthropist says the switch is definitely a possibility when it comes to middle-income and wealthy nations. However, he admitted it would be politically challenging.
He said: “There are all these bills that say it’s got to be called, basically, lab garbage to be sold. They don’t want us to use the beef label.”
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