KFC, in collaboration with Russia’s 3D Bioprinting Solutions, has launched the world’s first laboratory-produced, 3D printed chicken nuggets.
Calling it the ‘restaurant of the future’, KFC is hoping it’s innovation will help contain the demand for alternatives to traditional meat and also usher in more environmentally friendly methods of food production.
The lab-produced chicken nuggets will be as close as possible in both taste and appearance to the original KFC product, while being more sustainable to produce than ordinary meat.
According to KFC, 3D Bioprinting Solutions is developing additive bioprinting technology using chicken cells and plant material, allowing it to reproduce the taste and texture of chicken meat almost without involving animals in the process.
KFC will provide its partner with all of the necessary ingredients, such as breading and spices, to achieve the signature KFC taste.
At the moment, there are no other methods available on the market that allow the creation of such complex products from animal cells.
According to KFC, the bioprinting method has several advantages to its merit.
For instance, biomeat has exactly the same microelements as the original product, while excluding various additives that are used in traditional farming and animal husbandry, creating a cleaner final product.
Cell-based meat products are also more ethical – the production process does not cause any harm to animals.
On top of that, the American Environmental Science & Technology Journal has suggested that the technology of growing meat from cells has minimal negative impact on the environment.
It allows energy consumption to be cut by more than half, greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced 25 fold and 100 times less land to be used than traditional farm-based meat production.
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