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
- 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.