New World Bank Position on Livestock by Colin Campbell, PhD
29, 2002 - Here is a brief summary that I just received on a very
exciting development at the World Bank. I had spent several years
working on this project with a group at the Bank who were interested
in changing the Bank's policy of funding big projects for developing
livestock feedlots in developing countries (lectures, working paper--attached,
and securing other speakers for them).
was slow and, at times, reversed.
Now, there seems
to be a firm new policy at the Bank and I am delighted. (The real
credit for this should go to a couple of nameless guys at the Bank
who took professional risks to invite me and others to become involved.)
What made this project much more possible were the earlier publications
of John Robbins, Les Brown at the World Watch Institute, and others.
it seems that there is progress in this field and I don't mind publicizing
it! The World Bank should be congratulated on their courage to establish
this new policy.
I think that
we can all take heart that we are heard from time to time. The paper
that I and my colleagues prepared for the Bank in their deliberations
(and similar groups at Harvard and Johns Hopkins) is linked below.
some rather significant new directions for the Bank.
While the publication
came out in late 2001, last week there was an internal meeting in
the Bank to "launch" the strategy, and the following points
in the strategy were highlighted:
will not finance large-scale commercial, grain-fed feedlot systems,
including milk, pork, and poultry.
used to see for itself a role in supporting increased meat production,
but no longer.
is not happy with the impacts of the "livestock revolution"
on environment and equity.
The 4 main
challenges for the Bank in the livestock sector are poverty reduction,
environmental management, food safety, and food security.
environmental problems are nutrient loading from industrial systems,
A new offshoot
in environmental management is animal welfare, about which the
Bank will have to start a dialogue with concerned groups. (***Sounds
like an invitation for some of you to get in touch with relevant
important issue" is the phase-out of poultry batteries and
The Bank should
support subsidies to improve animal welfare.
Dr. Campbell's World Bank presentation, click
here (pdf file).