Must-Know Factory Farming Statistics [Latest Report]

In this post, we will explore a collection of startling statistics related to factory farming, shedding light on the significant environmental and ethical implications of this industrial agricultural practice. From the massive scale of production to its impact on greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, and water usage, the numbers paint a stark picture of the realities of factory farming in the United States and globally. Let’s delve into the numbers and uncover the true scope of this industry’s footprint.

Statistic 1

"Approximately 99% of farmed animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms."

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Statistic 2

"Factory farming contributes to 37% of methane (CH4) emissions, which has more than 20 times the global warming potential of CO2."

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Statistic 3

"In the United States, about 70.4 billion pounds of poultry, 26.3 billion pounds of pork, and 24.1 billion pounds of beef were produced in 2020."

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Statistic 4

"Each year, factory farms in the U.S. produce approximately 500 million tons of animal manure."

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Statistic 5

"Nearly 80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in farm animals."

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Statistic 6

"The factory farming industry consumes around 80% of the global supply of soy."

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Statistic 7

"Factory farms house over 9 billion animals in the United States alone."

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Statistic 8

"Factory farming accounts for approximately 70% of all farmed animals worldwide."

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Statistic 9

"Factory farms are responsible for producing 14.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions globally, more than the entire transportation sector."

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Statistic 10

"Approximately 95% of UK broiler chickens are raised on factory farms."

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Statistic 11

"Factory farm workers have higher injury rates, with nearly 30% being injured sometime during their work year."

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Statistic 12

"Each year, factory farms in the US are responsible for 33 million metric tons of food waste."

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Statistic 13

"In the European Union, approximately 90% of pigs are raised on factory farms."

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Statistic 14

"Over 50% of the world’s fish production comes from factory farms."

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Statistic 15

"Factory farms in the United States account for approximately 10 billion land animals each year."

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Statistic 16

"A cow produces 1000 to 3000 litres of ammonia in manure while in a factory farm throughout her life."

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Statistic 17

"Factory farming is responsible for more than 30% of loss in biodiversity globally."

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Statistic 18

"80% of farmland is used to rear the 60 billion animals in factory farms, producing only 18% of the world’s calories."

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Statistic 19

"Factory farms in the United States use enough water daily to fill 4,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools."

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Statistic 20

"Factory farms in the US produce more than 130 times as much waste as the entire human population."

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Factory farming has far-reaching and significant environmental, health, and social consequences, as indicated by the extensive range of statistics presented. The sheer scale of factory farming operations in terms of animal populations, waste production, greenhouse gas emissions, and land and water usage is alarming. These statistics highlight the urgent need for greater awareness, regulation, and sustainable alternatives to mitigate the detrimental impacts of factory farming on our planet and its inhabitants.

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