Advocate groups and animal rights activists have long been picketing and accusing fast-food chains of unethical treatment of animals and other crimes. KFC hopes to be the first to move away from the stigma of killing animals to provide sustenance to the masses by developing 3D Bio-Printed Chicken Nuggets to replace the originals.
This alternative could prove to be more ethical, and in the long run, could be an eco-friendly way to move forward with the food industry. Teaming up with 3D Bioprinting Solutions, from Russia, KFC hopes to produce the first chicken nugget in a lab, using, what the Russian firm calls an additive printing technique that bounds chicken cells and plant material, resulting in the printing material.
With this new compound, KFC is expecting to recreate the taste and texture of the Kentucky fried chicken, but keep animal involvement to a minimum. At the moment, there’s no analog to the technique in conventional food printing, but the fast-food chain is determined to push through. KFC will provide bread, spices and other ingredients to the Russian company, to ensure the authenticity of the nugget, and has plans for a launch of the product in Moscow by fall 2020.
If the product proves to be a success in Moscow, the company will surely step up production, and we will see 3D Printed Nuggets in the rest of the world. Also, by using only ethical sourced animal cells, KFC can access new markets and potential customers, as the products are Bio-Printed meat.