Scientists Create Chicken Without the Egg

Published by PETA.
barryskeates / CC by 2.0

According to Time magazine, scientists at the University of Missouri have created a soy-based chicken that tastes and feels, well, just like chicken. That should give meat-eaters and vegetarians something to salivate over. The owner of Turtle Island Foods, the maker of Tofurky, is reportedly thinking about purchasing the product, which is not commercially available yet. (In the meantime, Gardein, Boca, and Morningstar Farms make some pretty tasty faux chicken!)

If the University of Missouri’s stuff is as good as Time says it is, then more meat-eaters will be swayed to stop eating chicken, which will help curb greenhouse gasses, reduce waistlines, and save billions of birds. The author of the article foresees a bright future. After he plugged PETA’s $1 million prize offer for anyone who can bring in vitro chicken meat to market by 2012, he mused, “Maybe one day you’ll order a chicken fajita at Chili’s that is made with soy.* You almost certainly won’t notice the difference, but the planet will.”

What do you think? Will this soy in chicken’s clothing change the way you eat?

Written by Heather Moore

*Rumor has it that Chipotle Mexican Grill is already a step ahead and is set to launch its vegan “Garden Blend” faux-chicken burrito nationwide any minute.

Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind