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Applying an environmental public health lens to the industrialization of food animal production in ten low- and middle-income countries

June 13, 2019
Globalization and Health

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Yukyan Lam, Jillian P. Fry and Keeve E. Nachman

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Industrial food animal production (IFAP) is characterized by dense animal housing, high throughput, specialization, vertical integration, and corporate consolidation. Research in high-income countries has documented impacts on public health, the environment, and animal welfare. IFAP is proliferating in some low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where increased consumption of animal-source foods has occurred alongside rising incomes and efforts to address undernutrition. However, in these countries IFAP’s negative externalities could be amplified by inadequate infrastructure and resources to document issues and implement controls.