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Note! Still working on how to best build out the below section.

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Facts Primer

The facts below are the same ones found in the searchable interface above. They have been included below to allow readers the chance to skim content without a particular search term in mind. This page is updated regularly and we are eager to engage with anyone interested in contributing to this fact database.

Fact sections to come

  • One for each animal (i.e. cow, pig, chicken, etc)
  • One for each location/region (i.e. India, China, South East Asia, US, etc)
  • One for each financial risk  (i.e. litigation, cost increases, legislation, etc)
  • One for plant-based foods
  • a handful of others

"The financial world has deep ties to the global food system. Institutional divestment campaigns are a promising approach to directing investment away from harmful practices such as factory farming, and as such deserve serious exploration."
Dr. Jennifer Clapp - Member of the UN Expert Panel on Food Security



 

Facts about cows, beef, and milk

-Modern alternatives to cow products will be 10-25 times more feedstock efficient.
-Modern alternatives to cow products will be 20 times more time-efficient.
-Modern alternatives to cow products will be 10 times more water efficient.
-Modern alternatives to cow products will be up to 100 times more land efficient.
-By 2030, demand for cow products will have fallen by 70%.
-By 2035, demand for cow products will have shrunk by 80% to 90%.
-Production volumes of the U.S. beef and dairy industries will decline up to 90% by 2035.
-By 2030 the market by volume for ground beef will have shrunk by 70%. 
-By 2030, the number of cows in the U.S. will have fallen by 50%. 
Link to source, Rethink X, 2019

The top 5 producers of cattle meat in the world are China, Brazil, USA, Argentina, and India.
Link to source, Food and Agriculture Organization, 2019


 

Facts about chickens raised for meat

-94% of all farmed animals slaughtered in India in 2017-18 were chickens.
Link to source, Government of India, 2018

The top 6 producers of chicken in the world are China, USA, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, and India.
Link to source, Food and Agriculture Organization, 2019

-The gross economic damages (GED) to value added (VA) ratio within the agriculture sector is highest for the poultry industry, ranging between 3 and 7.
Link to source, National Academy of Sciences, 2019


 

Facts relating to India

India is one of the top 6 producers of chicken, eggs, and milk.
Link to source, Food and Agriculture Organization, 2019

-India has been the world's largest producer of milk since 1997.
Link to source, Business Wire, 2018

-Survey estimates show that between 23% and 37% of the population of India is vegetarian.
Link to source, Economic and Political Weekly, 2015

- 94% of all farmed animals slaughtered in India in 2017-18 were chickens.
-India’s livestock sector contributes approximately 4.6% to the country’s GDP
Link to source, Government of India, 2018

-In India, it is estimated that between 2.6 billion and 14.2 billion fish are killed every year.
Link to source, Fish Count, 2017

-25.1% of dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India had no arrangements for shelter and had housing in the form of thatch roof sheds, road-side areas, etc.
-78.1% of dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India did not have access to soft ground. 
-32.9% of dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India had improper lighting.
-57.8% of the dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India fed less than half of the desired minimum quantity of fodder to their cattle per day. 
-30-40% of the total cattle population surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India were found to be afflicted by serious reproductive problems. 
-24% of the dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India separated calves from their mothers immediately after birth. 
-In 25.1% of the dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India, male calves died within the first month of birth.
-62.9% of dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India sold "old, unproductive" cattle to smaller farmers or slaughterhouses.
-57.85% of dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India were found to have animals under stress or suffering from injuries or illness.
-55.9% of dairy owners in dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India allowed the use of sick animals for milking.
-Injuries ranging from small bruises to tumours and fractures were noticed in 64.1% of dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India.
-46.9% of dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India had illegal use of oxytocin.
-Vaccination schedules in Indian dairies are often not followed, which leads to outbreak of lethal diseases.
-De- horning and disbudding is mainly practiced on non-native cow species with hot iron rods and chemicals without pain relief.
-Only 14.3% of the dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India were registered under the required laws.
-60.3% of the dairies surveyed by FIAPO across 10 states in India used the practice of restraining cattle on their hind legs.
Link to source, FIAPO, 2017

-61% of Indian consumers are very or extremely likely to try cultivated meat.
Link to source, The Good Food Institute, 2018


 

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"Advocacy groups have shut down maybe a dozen large factory farms and the industry has built about 10,000 more...advocates need to find a way to change the economics of factory farming."
OPP's Farm Animal Welfare Newsletter: Could We Go Beyond Factory Farming?


 

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There is no future in factory farming.

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