North Carolina Facts

  • There are nine times more chickens on factory farms than people in North Carolina.
  • There are more factory farmed hogs (10.1 million) than people (9.4 million) in North Carolina.
  • The more than 2.2 million hogs on factory farms in Duplin County, North Carolina produce twice as much untreated manure as the sewage from the New York City metro area.
  • The nearly 812,000 hogs on factory farms in Bladen County, North Carolina produce as much untreated manure as the sewage from the Chicago and Atlanta metro areas combined.
  • The more than 2.1 million hogs on factory farms in Sampson County, North Carolina produce six times as much untreated manure as the sewage from the Philadelphia metro area.
  • The more than 12 million broiler chickens on factory farms in Wilkes County, North Carolina produce as much untreated manure as the sewage from the Riverside, California metro area.
  • The Government Accountability Office reported that the five largest hog producing counties in North Carolina housed 7.5 million hogs that could have produced 31 billion pounds of manure in 2002.
  • In 2010, a Columbus County, North Carolina federal grand jury indicted a hog farmer for illegally discharging manure into a tributary of the Waccamaw River in 2007 when 332,000 gallons of hog waste entered a local creek.
  • The 10 million hogs, 79.7 million broiler chickens, 3.9 million egg-laying hens, 13,700 dairy cows, and 3,800 beef cattle on factory farms in North Carolina produce as much untreated manure as 207 million people — about two-thirds the size of the entire U.S. population.
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