KFC announced that they are working with a 3D bioprinting company in Russia to create lab-produced chicken nuggets.
The statement reads, “KFC is taking the next step in its innovative concept of creating a ‘restaurant of the future’ by launching the development of innovative 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in cooperation with the 3D Bioprinting Solutions research laboratory.
‘The idea of crafting the ‘meat of the future’ arose among partners in response to the growing popularity of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, the annual increase in demand for alternatives to traditional meat and the need to develop more environmentally friendly methods of food production.”
To bioprint the meat, cells are taken from a small slice of the chicken. The cells are then turned into a paste that can be printed into sheets that are made into chunks that are processed and seasoned. KFC will be adding its signature spices to the lab-created chicken, which will have the texture of chicken nuggets. KFC addressed the environmentally friendly process of creating the chicken, stating:
“According to a study by the American Environmental Science & Technology Journal, the technology of growing meat from cells has minimal negative impact on the environment, allowing 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.”