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Factory Farms

Wondering where the factory farms are? Click the map to check out factoryfarmmap.org.

  Get the Facts

  • Most animals raised for food in the United States are raised on factory farms. 
  • For years, investigations have revealed conditions on some factory farms that result in extreme animal suffering.
  • The total number of livestock on the largest factory farms rose by more than one-fifth between 2002 and 2007.
  • The average size of hog factory farms increased by 42 percent over a decade. Seven states average more than 10,000 hogs per factory farm. 
  • The average size of egg operations has grown by half over the decade. The five states with the largest flocks all average at least 750,000 hens per factory farm. 
  • Although the EPA is tasked with regulating factory farms, it has done little or nothing to control the environmental damage caused by factory farms.
  • For more information read our fact sheet, The Economic Cost of Food Monopolies.

Why You Should Care

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  •  You can end up with meat loaded with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  •  Many communities have to deal with tainted water and severe air pollution caused by nearby farms. 
  •  Animals on factory farms live in unnatural, inhumane, and unhealthy conditions. 

You, your family, and the planet deserve better than factory farms.