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Meat can be 3D printed ? Who would've known ?

Russian scientists and experts from fast food chain KFC plan to develop 3D-printed artificial chicken nuggets. The project is underway, with the final product expected to be ready for testing this fall.

The effort is part of KFC’s concept of creating a “restaurant of the future,” which leverages state-of-the-art technology like 3D bioprinting to overcome solutions in the food industry, including more eco-friendly alternatives to traditional meat.

“At KFC, we are closely monitoring all of the latest trends and innovations and doing our best to keep up with the times by introducing advanced technologies to our restaurant networks,” said Raisa Polyakova, general manager of KFC Russia & CIS.

“Crafted meat products are the next step in the development of our ‘restaurant of the future’ concept. Our experiment in testing 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken products can also help address several looming global problems. We are glad to contribute to its development and are working to make it available to thousands of people in Russia and, if possible, around the world.”
KFC tastes like death and broken dreams anyway.
@REMsleep Ewwwww!
curiosi · 61-69, F
I'm a very good cook and really don't enjoy much food out. Now more then ever I am grateful for that ability.
Wraithorn · 51-55, M
@curiosi According to what I read 3D printers will be sold for home use within the next 10 yrs or so or sooner if possible. So you can then print your own 3D steaks or chicken drumsticks or whatever.
Piper · 61-69, F
I confess, that the whole 3D-printing thing in sort of 'bizarre' to me. I read a little about this particular subject, earlier.

Anything that even [i]might[/i] result in less sentient beings being bred and raised in horrendous conditions and slaughtered, is of interest to me.
Wraithorn · 51-55, M
@Piper I must also admit to not really knowing how it works. It's amazing but not really easy to understand how it works.
Apparently in this case they will be using meat which is grown in a laboratory instead of on an animal. They will load the printer with a cartridge filled with that lab meat and it will 3D print that meat into pretty much any shape they want.
Wow, technology is growing in leaps and bounds now.
Piper · 61-69, F
@Wraithorn It is both fascinating and still baffling to me, how this technology works. I knew of objects being created by it, including the wonderful "artificial" limbs for both human and non-human animals.

I had not heard or known of 3D food being created, before now. Lab-grown meat I certainly knew of, just not using 3D technology in relation to it. Perhaps it is related somehow, and I just missed the connection.
4meAndyou · F
They can 3D print organs for humans. I don't know why KFC shouldn't profit. But...time consuming. I understand it takes almost an hour, depending on the complexity of the item being printed.
Wraithorn · 51-55, M
@4meAndyou Yes,I read that a while back. So soon we'll be able to just 3D print ourselves bridge, a house, a chicken drumstick or a new kidney.
Oooh...and now I'm wondering how long it will be until people could print themselves a perfectly designed 3D Human. 😳
4meAndyou · F
@Wraithorn Uh Oh...I have a friend whom I like to tease about that...I told him he can buy a female robot that is completely lifelike for only $100,000.00, and he always responds that he certainly hopes so, because the plastic blow up sheep he has now isn't any fun any more...😂.

But I believe you would only be able to print a DEAD 3D human.
Wraithorn · 51-55, M
@4meAndyou Maybe...maybe not...
I'll bet there are at least one or two scientists somewhere trying to figure out how to make live bioligical organisms by printing them.
Designer babies are already possible but the ethics and morals are holding it back. They're not printed of course but I'm sure it will eventually be possible.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
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REMsleep · 41-45, F
The meatless Burger at Burger King is ehh OK. Impossible Burger. Once you put lettuce, cheese, mayo and bun plus that fake injected charcoal taste you could sorta not notice the difference but it doesn't have any oil and most meat had some type of fat content. But its not even healthier than meat so why bother
Wraithorn · 51-55, M
@REMsleep Well, I suppose people who no longer want to eat animals who have been slaughtered will buy it. If it makes Burger King money and earns them green kudos which many companies are trying for then they will sell it.
Azlotto · M
Yum, I can't wait.

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