Consumers preference is vastly changing the way food is raised and eaten in America. Meat has been a main source of protein throughout history, yet the number of farm animals in the U.S. continues to decline.

This decline has caused farming to be less popular with a decrease of 60 percent of farmers producing animals, reports Matthew Prescott for Barron's. Changes have caused many consumers to raise a voice against what they consider to be animal cruelty. This has created an increase in food chains to change their policies for what farms they purchase from and the treatment of animals at those farms.

For many companies, not responding to the outcry can be a risky financial move. Consumers are now in favor of companies that implement policies about the treatment of their animals and the changes many restaurant chains are making show that the food we eat today is incredibly different than anytime before.

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