(The following facts and resources are taken directly from the Cowspiracy.com/facts page. All credit goes to Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn).
2-5 acres of land are used per cow
The Diverse Structure and Organization of U.S. Beef Cow-Calf Farms / EIB-73: study by USDA – Economic Research Service ( for acres/cow- pages 12 and 13)
1/3 of the planet is desertified, with livestock as the leading driver
The Encyclopedia of Earth, “Overgrazing”.
UN, “Desertification, Drought Affect One Third of Planet, World’s Poorest People, Second Committee Told as It Continues Debate on Sustainable Development”.
An article that explains desertification and livestock’s role:
Every minute, 7 million pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food just in the US alone. A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people
“Risk Assessment Evaluation for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Research and Development. 2004..
130 times more animal waste than human waste is produced in the US – 1.4 billion tons from the meat industry annually
Animal agriculture: waste management practices. United States General Accounting Office.
5 tons of animal waste is produced per person in the US. In the U.S. livestock produce 116,000 lbs of waste per second:
-Dairy Cows, 120lbs of waste per day x 9 million cows.
-Cattle, 63lbs of waste per day, x 90 million cattle.
-Pigs, 14lbs. of waste per day, x 67 million pigs.
-Sheep/Goats. 5lbs of waste per day, x 9 million sheep/goats.
-Poultry, .25-1lbs of waste per day, x 9 billion birds.