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WATCH: Richard Dawkins Wishes Everyone was Vegetarian

The following was adapted from Ecorazzi

During a recent Q&A session in Washington DC, Richard Dawkins, the famed evolutionary biologist and author, voiced his support for meat-free lifestyles. Although he is not yet a practicing vegetarian, the author said “I would like to be a vegetarian. I would like everybody to be a vegetarian.”

During the interview, Dawkins made it clear that he deplores the tendency of human beings to consider themselves superior to other creatures on earth. This misconception naturally leads to the exploitation of “inferior” beings that is seen in factory farms around the world. “In 100 or 200 years time,” Dawkins said, “we may look back on the way we treated animals today as something like we today look back on the way our forefathers treated slaves.”

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According to Dawkins, a plant-based diet is the most compassionate and intelligent alternative to the current state of factory farm meat production. He said that “it is very important for us to complain against the cruel treatment of animals in farms and slaughter houses.”

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Bill Gates Backs Vegan Meat Start Up

When billionaire philanthropist is investing in a faux meat start up, you know the future of meat is, well, fake meat. Bill Gates (who has said before that plant based meat is the future) is now investing in Beyond Meat, in a vegan meat start up.

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Earlier this year, Bill Gates named Beyond Meat–a startup that’s aiming for the mainstream, non-vegan market–as one of three companies that he thinks are shaping the future of food. Backed by Obvious Corporation (an incubator created by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and the company’s former VP of Product, Jason Goldman), Beyond Meat makes a variety of fake chicken strips (my personal favorite is the “grilled” flavor) that taste surprisingly like real meat–enough so that you might not be able to tell the difference if someone stuck it in, say, a burrito.

No word yet on how much Gates is investing in the company, which sells its products at Whole Foods in many parts of the country. Beyond Meat Chicken-Free strips will be available nationwide in the fall.