Factory Farm Map

Posted on December 2nd, 2010 by Gavin | Posted in Notes & News

Every wonder where in the world those huge factory farms are that we’re always hearing so much about in the news? How about “right next door”…

According to a new website Factory Farm Map there are roughly 1,282,555 animals on factory dairy, hog, broiler chicken, and egg farms right here in Marion county.

Here’s the breakdown for our area for 1997, 2002, and 2007 (apparently counts are done every 5 years):

1997 2002 2007
Dairy Animals 6,284 7,927 10,159
Avg / Site 1,047 1,132 1,129
Hogs Animals * 1,561 * 2,000 * 1,000
Avg / Site * 1,561 * 1,000 * 1,000
Broilers (Chickens) Animals * 276,395 * 312,848 * 534,717
Avg / Site * 138,198 * 156,424 * 178,239
Layers (Eggs) Animals * 1,057,032 * 1,648,550 * 1,282,555
Avg / Site * 528,516 * 549,517 * 641,278
*   Calculated number

For an eye-opening – and slightly sobering – experience we recommend you head over and take a look at it. The website is a project of Food & Water Watch whose mission it is to:

“ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable”

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