Good news for the foodies. KFC is trying to create the world’s first laboratory-made chicken nuggets, part of its “restaurant of the future” idea, the company revealed. The chicken restaurant chain will work with Russian firm 3D Bioprinting Solutions to produce bioprinting technology that will “print” chicken meat, using chicken cells and plant material. Earlier, Impossible also claims to make artificial meat. Here is everything about KFC lab-made chicken nuggets.
KFC intends to provide the bio-printing firm with components like breading and spices “to deliver the signature KFC taste” and will try to replicate the flavor and character of the original chicken.
KFC Lab-Made Chicken Nuggets
It’s important to note here that the bioprinting method KFC explains uses an animal substance, so any nuggets it created wouldn’t be vegetarian. KFC does offer a vegetarian alternative at some of its restaurants; last year it became the first US fast-food network to test out Beyond Meat’s plant-based chicken product, which it intends to roll out to more of its locations this summer.
Apart from that, lab-produced meat ensures various benefits. It’s more environmentally friendly, as it doesn’t need almost as many resources — KFC hints to research implying it needs 100 times less farmland and cuts greenhouse gas discharges by 25 times. They’re also more humane by avoiding harm to animals, and more salutary due to the lack of chemicals.
“3D bioprinting technologies, originally internationally recognized in medicine, are nowadays getting reputation in creating foods such as meat,” Yusef Khesuani, co-founder of 3D Bioprinting Solutions said in a statement announcing the KFC partnership. “In the future, the rapid development of such technologies will allow us to make 3D-printed meat products more accessible and we are hoping that the technology created as a result of our cooperation with KFC will help accelerate the launch of cell-based meat products on the market.”
3D bioprinting is a slow, difficult method. Although there have been some encouraging improvements toward its use in medication. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley working on a process to bioprint human organs for transplantation found last year that biological elements managed to decline before the method was performed. Their method called for freezing the biological material as it was being printed.
KFC says its bioprinted nuggets will be ready for ultimate trial in Moscow this fall. The report didn’t specify how the process it’s testing in Russia varies from other 3D bioprinting efforts, but stated: “there are no other methods available on the market that could allow the creation of such complex products from animal cells.” No information on when or if the printed nuggets might be available for KFC consumers to taste.