Clean-meat chicken is here, and thanks to plucky startup Memphis Meats, it appears finger-lickin' good. Following their historic success of the world's first cell-cultured meatball in 2016, Memphis Meats came out of stealth mode to shock the world with their latest meat feat: succulent chicken and duck meat that they farmed directly from cells instead of birds.
According to Memphis Meats, the poultry was made by harmlessly harvesting starter cells from a living animal, then feeding the cells a rich mixture of sugars, minerals and oxygen. This allows the cells to grow into muscle fibers that form conventional meat, and when the fibers are big enough, they get combined into a piece of edible flesh, such as a chicken filet. It's the first time anyone has successfully produced real chicken or duck meat without the animals, and the news broke with a flashy press video by the Wall Street Journal.
A group of 25 tasters were invited to give their take on this futuristic food, which was prettily plated by Chef Derek Sarno. The unanimous verdict: All declared both types of poultry dishes delicious and, indeed, the chicken tasted just like its namesake.
Memphis Meats proudly keeps the entire cell-culturing process open and transparent, and say their products contain no artificial ingredients or are genetically modified. This "clean" chicken and duck is identical to traditional meat from animals, but unlike the industrial farming that makes most of today's meat, it offers far more sustainability, drastically reduces food contamination, and spares countless animals from the abuses of intensive agriculture.
Memphis Meats also unveiled a first look at the possible packaging design of their future products, which they hope to release commercially in the year 2021.
There you have it. Clean meat has surpassed another major milestone and proven chicken-less chicken can be totally delicious. Colonel Sanders would be intrigued.