Leonardo DiCaprio is investing in a plant-based food producer that makes the Tesla of meat-free burgers.

Beyond Meat is committed to “conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare” in its bid to make a “positive impact on climate change”.

The company’s burgers, made from plant proteins, are available in supermarkets across California, to students at Yale and in a city which eats more meat per head than any other.

“Livestock production is a major contributor to carbon emissions. Shifting from animal meat to the plant-based meats developed by Beyond Meat is one of the most powerful measures someone can take to reduce their impact on our climate,” DiCaprio said.

And with the global population predicted to hit nearly 10 billion by 2050, up from 7.5 billion today, it is imperative that there is significant growth in meat-free food alternatives.