Thursday 09 February 2023

Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Dutch cultivated meat firm Mosa Meat

Photo: Mosa Meat

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest high profile investor to put money into Dutch cultivated meat company Mosa Meat, the company said in a website post.

DiCaprio has been a longtime champion of global environmental issues and has provided more than $100m in grants to a variety of programmes and projects over the years, Mosa Meat said. The award winning actor has also invested in Israeli cultivated meat maker Aleph Farms.

‘One of the most impactful ways to combat the climate crisis is to transform our food system,’ DiCaprio said in a press statement. ‘Mosa Meat and Aleph Farms offer new ways to satisfy the world’s demand for beef, while solving some of the most pressing issues of current industrial beef production.’

Mosa Meats was founded in 2013 after Dutch researcher Mark Post showcased the first burger on live television in London. That project had been funded by Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google.

The research had involved extracting cells from living cattle and growing them under laboratory conditions into strips of meat that were then combined into a single beef burger.

Just Eat Takeway founder Jitse Groen and animal feed maker Nutreco were among the investors who pumped a further $10m into Mosa Meat in a third funding round in February.

The company said at the time that the cash would be used to extend its current pilot production facility at its home in Maastricht, develop an industrial-sized production line, expand its team, and introduce cultivated beef to consumers.

Mosa Meat has not commented on the size of DiCaprio’s investment.

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