|March 15, 2017|
Fried chicken will never be guilt-free. But you may soon be able to remove at least part of the remorse the next time you chow down—because it might not have required a single bird to be harmed.
Memphis Meats is one of a cadre of startups racing to create meat that doesn’t involve killing any animals. The firm’s approach to what it calls “clean meat” is to culture animal cells in the lab, feed them nutrients until they grow into pieces large enough to cook and eat. The company has already grown beef (as have others). Last year, it made a meatball.
Now, though, Memphis Meats has turned its attentions to poultry. The outfit has announced that it’s now made what it claims to be the first animal-free, lab-grown pieces of chicken and duck. The resulting chunks of alterna-flesh have so far been crafted into two dishes: a coated and fried chicken strip, and a plateful of duck à l’orange.
Image: By FotoosVanRobin from Netherlands – Crispy Chicken Strips, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11571643