McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

by , 04/01/15

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McDonald‘s just announced it will be the first fast food restaurant in the United States to add lab-grown meat to its menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin’s lab-grown burger experiment in London last year, McDonald’s says they will ‘grow’ their own chicken McNuggets in special laboratories across New Jersey. The move is expected to reduce the number of real chickens needed to supply the company’s 35,000 outlets across the globe.

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Don Thompson, president and chief executive officer of McDonald’s, cited environmental concerns behind the company’s pledge to add lab-grown chicken McNuggets to their menu.

“With climate change raging out of control, we decided that it doesn’t make sense to use water and feed to keep real chickens alive anymore,” Thompson said. “Plus, animal rights activists have been on our case for a long time about how chickens are treated. This should put their concerns to rest.”

Indeed, Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) celebrated the announcement.

“Although we think it’s bizarre that future McNuggets will be grown in a lab, we’re relieved to know that chickens no longer have to be sacrificed to feed McDonald’s customers,” Newkirk said. “But we won’t truly be happy until the company stops selling real beef burgers too, since cows suffer in disgusting feedlots across the United States.”

Before they can even think about growing fake beef burgers, McDonald’s must first master the art of making McNuggets grown in a lab taste like chicken. The company is working with scientists to grow the nuggets using stem cells from living chickens.

“We take stem cells from real chickens and add them to lab grown fat,” Thompson revealed. “We can’t tell you the rest of the ingredients that we use to make the McNuggets taste good, but we are here to assure loyal customers that they will be a lot worse than pink slime or that yoga mat stuff that Subway used.”

In response to concerns that people might be grossed out and stop eating at McDonald’s, Thompson said the American public doesn’t care what they eat as long as it’s cheap. In fact, he said, by 2025 every single item on the chain’s menu will be produced in a lab. Yum.

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  1. Dee Man June 19, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Yeah I’m going to need you to come cleane on this matter because this is just propaganda that thesheeps of society will eat up spread false information who’s dumbass idea was this anyway with all the bullshit in the world why add to the problem whom ever I hope McDonald sue who ever for this one Now Run Tell That

  2. Charla Shamhart May 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I have been trying to find the source of this story and cannot find it mentioned in any mainstream online or print publications. I am not posting this until I can find the SOURCE of the info. The lack of additional info tells me it may be a spoof.

  3. Kyle Norby May 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm


    This is not funny. Please LABEL THIS CLEARLY at the top of the page that it’s an April Fools joke. Don’t you honestly think the internet is full of lies enough as it is? This article is being spread around the internet now into May, people have no idea that it’s an old post. Seriously, at least label this at the top that it’s another, stupid attempt at humor for the worst holiday to hit the internet. No respect.

  4. Andrea Levison April 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    April Fools joke perhaps? Look under the authors photo, it is filed under April fools.

  5. Daniel Mohamed April 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Hmm it’s a tricky one. I turned vegetarian as a new year’s resolution for environmental reasons – in that I don’t believe we have enough natural resources to meet our excessive demand for meat. I guess lab grown ‘meat’ would address my issue, but my problem is more trust based. Can we trust a profit driven mega-corporation to grow our food in a lab in way which will be positive for our health? Something tells me not!

  6. Social Entrepreneur April 2, 2014 at 12:28 am

    who r we kiddin’? we have been eating lab food from mcd’s for decades now.

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