Actor Leonardo Di Caprio Takes a Bite of the Israeli Cultivated Meat Industry

Many people know about Quentin Tarantino’s connection with Israel--The Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds director divides his time between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv with his Israeli wife Daniella Pick and son—but not many people realize that actor Leonardo DiCaprio is a frequent investor in Israeli environmental start-ups.

DiCaprio, who has long been an environmental activist, invested an undisclosed amount in Aleph Farms, which raised $105 million in round B funding. Aleph Farms focused on developing cultivated meat from the cells of cattle without requiring slaughter. Recently Aleph introduced ribeye steak produced completely from cultivated cells.

DiCaprio also invested in Mosa Meat, a Dutch company that created the first cultivated hamburger in 2013. According to an announcement of the investment in both Aleph and Mosa, the A-List actor said:

“One of the most impactful ways to combat the climate crisis is to transform our food system. 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. I’m very pleased to join them as an advisor and investor, as they prepare to introduce cultivated beef to consumers.”

DiCaprio’s Other Israeli Investments

While many celebrities merely talk about environmental causes, DiCaprio took action at the tender age of 24 and founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which was established to invest in environmental causes throughout the world. Since its founding, the LDF has funded and invested in 200 projects in 50 countries.

Among these many projects and countries are green Israeli startups and projects. In addition to Di Caprio’s most recent investment in Aleph, he also contributed to the development of a green hotel in Herzliya’s marina and a thermal tower in the Negev.

In 2018, the Hagag Group announced the opening of a hotel in Herzliya’s marina designed according to the principles outlined by The Green Building Council and its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Planning principles. U.S.-based architect David Rockwell is designing this 180 unit luxury hotel and a swimming pool and gym. The entire facility will run on renewable energy and use recycled materials.

DiCaprio also announced in 2017 on Instagram that he was investing in what was planned to be the world’s tallest solar tower that would be constructed in the Negev. The Megalim which is located in Ashalim in the Negev is not only the largest solar tower in the world but is the first solar power plant in Israel. It is comprised of computer-controlled heliostats that focus sunlight onto steam boilers that create energy from the sun’s rays.

How Aleph Is Revolutionizing the Meat Industry

Aleph Meat was founded in 2017 by legendary Israeli food company, the Strauss Group, the Technion, a top research university, and Didier Toubia, a food researcher and biologist.

Aleph says it is opening a “new chapter in agriculture,” one that will no longer require large amounts of deforested farmland that consumes extensive water and energy and contributes to soil erosion. Aleph envisions meat created without cruelty or any harm to the environment or to animals.

The supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic gave renewed interest in the cultivated meat sector as an easier way to produce meat that requires few resources, space, and labor. The topic of cultivated meat has become more attractive as a cruelty-free, sustainable and cheaper way to create steaks, hamburgers, chicken cutlets, and more.

When Aleph introduced its cultivated ribeye steak, the reception was largely positive. One review in the London Times declared that the steak, “tasted of a future free of any feelings of guilt for cruelty to animals or pollution to Mother Earth. But really, it just tasted like a good steak.”

Invest in Israel’s Green Agriculture Hi-Tech Sector

Israelis investments and startups are revolutionizing the meat industry and agriculture in general with sustainable solutions such as cultivated meat. Any glance at a freezer section of the grocery store reveals that non-meat and plant-based alternatives are growing in popularity, and cultivated meat should follow the same path since it tastes identical to real meat.

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October 06, 2021
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