California Facts

  • The average industrial feedlot in California had more than 18,700 beef cattle.
  • The nearly 240,000 dairy cows on factory-farm dairies in Merced County, California produce ten times more waste than the sewage from the Atlanta metro area.
  • The 155,000 dairy cows on factory-farmed dairies in Kings County, California produce twice as much untreated manure as the sewage from the New York City metro area.
  • The 399,000 beef cattle on industrial feedlots in Imperial County, California produce twice as much untreated manure as the sewage from the New York City metro area.
  • The 163,000 dairy cows on factory-farm dairies in Stanislaus County, California produce six times more waste than the sewage output from the Philadelphia metro area.
  • The more than 464,000 dairy cows on factory-farm dairies in Tulare County, California produce five times more waste than the sewage from the New York City metro area.
  • The more than 15.5 million broiler chickens on factory farms in Fresno County, California produce twice as much untreated manure as the sewage from the Denver metro area.
  • California fined the owner of three dairies in Stanislaus County $147,000 for 8 violations of clean water rules between 1999 and 2006 for allowing manure-tainted wastewater to leak into waterways, irrigation canals, and local rivers.
  • In 2010, California broiler producer Foster Farms settled a suit brought by a poultry equipment manager that alleged that he developed psittacosis, an infection contracted by inhaling dried manure or other secretions from infected birds.
  • The 1.7 million dairy cows, 563,000 beef cattle, 131,000 hogs, 49.6 million broiler chickens, and 19.7 million egg-laying hens on factory farms in California produce as much untreated manure as 456 million people — more than the entire U.S. population.
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