This bit of video taken at Smithfield Foods hit the alternative media and the Internet in mid-December, - I'm a little behind in my reading - and I caught it on Yahoo News. I've posted about the many horrors of, and stemming from, industrial hog production several time in the last year, and as you can see we will never see true progress unless Big Ag is legally forced to change. They will be aggressive with their PR - a la the recent "corn sugar" campaign. What Big Ag cannot completely hide from the public, it may eventually eliminate some close confinement techniques such as 'gestation crates,' but it will do so only when it develops alternative methods to raise pigs even faster at lower costs, methods that it will tout as more humane, or hide behind even higher walls. You see, their model of inexpensive, plentiful food is dependent on keeping the consumers and the public in the dark about how they work their slight of hand.
Think about this video the next time you're running late in the morning and hit the drive-thru for those $1 egg, cheese, and sausage sandwiches, or when you head out for a grand slam Saturday morning with the kids.