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The pros and cons of lab-grown chicken nuggets

The pros and cons of lab-grown chicken nuggets
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KFC is teaming with Russian scientists to produce lab-made chicken nuggets, and it's safe to say the move is ruffling some feathers.

It's 3D-printed food – but is it the future?

Scientists take some cells from a real chicken, multiply them in the lab into a paste, and gently place the substance into a printer.

KFC has teamed with Russian scientists to start making lab-grown chicken meat. (A Current Affair)

That paste is turned into sheets, which are then cubed – and that's the new chicken nugget.

It might sound science-fictional, but as A Current Affair discovered today, a lot of customers wouldn't have a problem.

"If it tasted the same, what's the difference?" one KFC customer said.

"You wouldn't know, you wouldn't be able to tell."

The meat is grown from chicken cells. (A Current Affair)

Nutrition scientist Joanna McMillan said there were two big issues leading to the lab-made meat push.

"One is environmental and sustainability issues, and the second is creating enough meat to feed the world's growing population," she said.

But she said there was no nutritional value in the lab-grown meat being made now.

"Why don't we think about re-creating meat in a lab but also make it healthier?" she said.

Nuggets are cut out from a 3D printer. (A Current Affair)

But for butcher Adam Stratton, this lab meat won't replace the natural kind.

"There's no substitute for real chicken," he said.

"Difference in texture, taste, and (it's) natural, how can you go past natural products?"

KFC Australia told A Current Affair there were no changes planned for nuggets down under.

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