Future meat created by technology
While the world is in turmoil due to Covid-19 epidemic, the chicken industry has experienced many pandemics. It is bird flu that is often the news of slaughter. It is said that factories with high breeding density are used as hotbeds that cause the growth of viruses, and movements to stop high-density breeding, which has been criticized from the viewpoint of animal welfare, are becoming active.
What kind of breeding method can be used to reduce stress in chickens? The ultimate answer might be not having a chicken. July 2020, Russia’s Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) announced launch of a project to produce chicken nuggets in the laboratory using 3D bioprinting technology that will be known as “future meat”. The official retailing is scheduled to start in autumn this year.
The demand for meat alternatives, environmentally friendly, sustainable production of those alternatives is growing daily, as more and more people are choosing to replace meat. The idea of ‘‘future meat’’ plans to gain popularity for those who enjoy fast food but wish for it to become healthier lifestyles. Using the help of a Russian private health company INVITRO and research lab an idea became a reality.
3D bioprinting Solution, which can easily output the design of a three-dimensional object created on a computer, was originally introduced in the medical field such as research on regenerative medicine. In recent years, as applications of this method, research on culturing bovine stem cells to make hamburgers and making whale meat from whale cells has increased. The KFC project is using bio-printing technology that uses chicken cells and plant materials to create a “future meat” that does not go through the traditional meat production process of raising and killing chickens.
“Research to make chicken products with 3D bioprinting technology should help solve the impending global problem,” said KFC Russia General Manager Lysa Poliakova. As ecoist reported in other articles regarding alternative meat, it seems that the opportunity to eat alternative meat will become familiar and more affordable. Of course, there may be some people who have their own protests against the initiative. Those who feel resistance may change their mindset a little by examining the current state of meat grown in poor environments.