Chicken nuggets have always been the crux of much judgement; from being filled with mystery meat or coming with additional additives. Plus, they involve the slaughtering of animals. But this nugget from San Francisco was grown in a laboratory and is actually cultured meat and is cruelty free.
Unlike being based entirely on plant-based products, Just’s chicken nugget is actually made of meat.
Cultured-meat is lab-grown meat that usually starts from a collection of cells usually obtained through biopsy so as to not harm the animals. Just says that it was able to get the cells from a chicken feather. The most viable of cells are chosen and provided with the nutrients it needs to grow in a bioreactor.
In this case, the nutrients were plant-based.
Not only does cultured meat avoid the sacrificing of animals, it also reduces the emission of greenhouse gases by 14.5 percent as less resources will be required to produce than traditional livestock. One study shows how environment friendly clean meat products could be if the process was intensive.
The chicken product takes around two weeks to grow in the bioreactor. Keeping aside the scientists who have developed the biological process behind the chicken product, the chefs’ also play a very important role.
According to Vitor Santor, the director of cellular agricultural, it is the chefs’ who play an important role in determining the ideal ratios of the cells.
Even though the nugget doesn’t quite look like the typical fried chickens from KFC or McDonald’s, it tastes surprisingly the same.
Before releasing into the market, the chicken nugget needs to get USDA’s and the FDA’s approval. And after getting its regulatory approval, it will release in some selected high-end restaurants in Asia as well.