Government held meeting with representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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The government reported that this Thursday the Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP), Fernando Mattos, held a meeting with representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, headed by the director, Samuel Thevasagayam, and made up of Alfred de Vries; Brantley Browning and Ruben Echeverria.

The meeting was held at the facilities of the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU) and the undersecretary of the portfolio, Ignacio Buffa, and the president of the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), José Bonica, also participated.

As reported on the Presidency website, the foreign delegation arrived in the country following an invitation made by the government in December 2022 following statements by Bill Gates, when he urged progress in the consumption of synthetic meat, because the production of beef was responsible for part of climate change.

The statements by the founder of Microsoft prompted a public response from Mattos, when he was serving as president of the National Meat Institute (Inac).

In said letter, Mattos rejected Gates’s “assertions” as “reckless and unfounded”, defended the Uruguayan livestock production system of natural pastures and assured that “it is a deliberate deception to the consumer to call a product meat that should not be called that way ”.

“Call it what you want, but it’s not meat!” Mattos said in February 2021 when he invited Gates to visit Uruguay.

After the meeting held this Thursday, the minister said that there were several coincidences with the philanthropic entity that provides support to agriculture and livestock in Africa and Southeast Asia.

“They leave very well impressed by the institutional strength, the production system, the respect for biodiversity and the environment, the research and academic work in the search for a sustainable production system and the commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. in the agricultural livestock production that Uruguay has”, emphasized Mattos.

On Tuesday, the authorities and representatives of the foundation toured INIA’s La Estanzuela experimental station, in the department of Colonia, to learn about the Uruguayan production model. There they visited a field for soil rotation experiments for pastures; research facilities in the dairy area of ​​the experimental dairy unit and the animal health platform, reported from the Presidency.

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Government held meeting with representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation