The farmland acquired by Gates appeared to be earmarked for genetically engineered corn and soy crops – the base foods for what will become synthetic ultra-processed products like synthetic meat.In 2019, it was reported that Impossible Burger was facing a shortage of soy because it relied on farms that didn’t use genetically modified seeds. Impossible Foods had seen a huge surge in demand for its Impossible Burger product that year. It has become a marquee brand in one of the hottest sectors of the food business.Impossible Foods makes plant-based protein that can be fashioned into burgers. Its goal is to help eliminate the need for animals from the meat supply by 2035, but its products rely on GMOs and heavy use of herbicides and pesticides.One other use for the farmland Gates has acquired is to grow crops for biofuels.Gates is not new to the biofuel industry. In 2016, he joined French oil giant Total in investing $14 million in biofuel specialist Renmatix.