Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is investing in two companies that work on farmed meat as an alternative to animal slaughter. It is related to the Dutch company Mosa Meat, which has developed a technology for growing meat. DiCaprio also invests in Israeli Alef Farms. The American sees cultured meat as a solution to climate change, because it releases much less greenhouse gases than animal husbandry.
The two companies did not disclose how much the Oscar winner is investing in Mosa Meat and Aleph Farms. DiCaprio has long advocated the fight against climate change. The raising and slaughter of cows, pigs, and other animals for meat is a major source of greenhouse gases. By changing that, climate gains could be made, the actor predicts.
“One of the most impactful ways to combat the climate crisis is to change our diet. Moses and Alf Farms offers new ways to meet global demand for beef while solving some of the most pressing problems facing industrial beef production today,” said DiCaprio, 46.
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Founded in 2016, Mosa Meat is an affiliate of Maastricht University. The company makes beef using a small number of animal cells, which are then fed to grow meat. Researcher Mark Post, co-founder of the company, did the work of World Press in 2013 with a presentation The world’s first cultured hamburger. It cost €250,000 to make it at the time. The goal now is to make grown-up burgers more accessible to consumers.
Mosa Meat has transferred approximately 82 million euros of capital in various investment rounds. Other popular investors include CEO Jitse Groen of meal delivery company Just Eat Takeaway and producer Nutreco for fish and livestock feed.
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