10 Mind-Blowing Facts & Stats About Industrial Animal Agriculture

10 Mind-Blowing Facts & Stats About Industrial Animal Agriculture

Written by Jenny Rose Edwards

It’s no secret that factory farming has a negative impact on various aspects of life e.g. mental health, air quality, oceans etc. Though sometimes, we understand that it’s much more convincing when you see the facts and figures right in front of you. 

There are countless statistics at the tip of your fingertips online, but here are just a few that we found most shocking.

Animals now detract far more from the total global food supply than they provide.

Source: 1 Million Women

Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of the total release of greenhouse gases world-wide.

Source: Livestock’s Long Shadow

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Approximately 7 football fields of land are bulldozed worldwide every minute to create more room for farmed animals.

Source: Repository

Emissions for agriculture projected to increase 80% by 2050.

Source: Cowspiracy

The amount of waste produced by livestock and poultry in factory farms is almost 13 times more than that produced by the entire US population.

Source: Food Print

Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.

Source: IB Times

Livestock production accounts for 8% of worldwide water use.

Source: 1 Million Women

Raising animals for food (including land used for grazing and land used to grow feed crops) now uses a staggering 30% of the Earth’s land mass. 

Source: Livestock’s Long Shadow

Roughly 80% of ammonia emissions in the U.S. come from animal waste.

Source: EPA

Mental health deterioration and increased sensitization to smells can occur in people who live near factory farms.

Source: CDC