If you love the taste of KFC chicken nuggets, but regret that they come from chickens, maybe you'll want to eventually try some nuggets that are 3D printed, or to be precise, "bio-printed." KFC is taking the plunge, in collaboration with a Russian company called 3D Bioprinting Solutions. From the KFC press release:
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. The project aims to create the world's first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets. They will be as close as possible in both taste and appearance to the original KFC product, while being more environmentally friendly to produce than ordinary meat. Receiving a final product for testing is already planned for the fall of 2020 in Moscow.
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 could allow the creation of such complex products from animal cells.
You probably won't be able to travel to Russia to try them out yourself, unless you are already there, but if all goes well, 3D printed nuggets could become part of the menu of the future. I think I'll just have a salad. -via Boing Boing