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.