Bill Gates’ New Big Idea: Preventing Cows From Burping

A cow looks on at a farm in the town of el-Batten, about 35 kilometres west of Tunisia's capital, on January 20, 2023. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP) (Photo by FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has invested millions of dollars in a company that seeks to stop cows from burping in an apparent effort to save the planet.
  • Gates has reportedly backed an Australian-based startup looking to stop cows from burping methane emissions. The billionaire is pouring funds into the company’s research around livestock food supplements.
  • Gates’ firm, Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), with participation from Harvest Road Group, raised $12 million for a climate technology company called Rumin8, which studies solutions to reducing livestock emissions.
  • It says that its supplements will eventually be fed to livestock in a bid to fight “climate change.”

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