Source: Food & Water Watch analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture Census of Agriculture data.
What are the problems with factory farms?
RISE OF FACTORY FARMS
Over the last two decades, small and medium-scale farms raising animals for food have given way to factory farms that confine thousands of cows, hogs and chickens in tightly packed facilities.
Factory farms can create health hazards for their neighbors, and for the general public because overcrowded conditions make it easy for disease to spread.
Many factory farms give low levels of antibiotics to animals for a long period of time - perfect conditions for developing antibiotic resistant bacteria.
ANIMAL WELFARE PROBLEMS
Factory farms also are detrimental to the animals themselves.
TOO MUCH MANURE
The largest factory farms produced almost 13 times more waste in 2012 than the human population of the United States.
LOSING INDEPENDENT FARMERS
Most farmers have not benefited from the shift to factory farming.
What Can I Do?