Fair Oaks Farms
Backstory and Context
Fair Oaks Farms is another example of a modern-day farm, what Fair Oaks does though, is allows the public to tour the facility to come closer to the farm they receive their food from. Fair Oaks farms has a whole agritour in their facility in Fair Oaks, Indiana. This farm is the farm that is responsible for creating Fair Life milk products, known for their very rich taste and creative bottles. Fair Oaks is a place where the consumer can go to have fun, learn, dine, and unwind. Fair Oaks Farms is known for it’s modern, supposedly progressive take on the farming life. One thing that they have done is attempting to using CNG which is using the waste from the farm, the literal poo, and using anaerobic digesters to reach a zero-carbon footprint. So far, they have used CNG to reduce two million gallons of diesel fuel used by the farm and their semi-trucks that hauls their milk to commercial retailers. This farm is still a conglomerate, that is owned and ran by McCloskey Farms, used to allow consumers to have a closer relationship with where they get their foods. Fair Oaks Farms, and subsequentially, McCloskey Farms have had their fair share of allegations. In mid-2019, Fair Oaks Farms had an allegation of animal abuse, when a video showing their employees kicking calves, leaving them out in the summer heat, even sometime allowing them to die in scorching heat. This made the farm have large pushback from the public, especially since one of their main focuses is that they treat their animals in a very good way and allow the public to view “some” of their practices. The public backlash has since subsided, but some of their retailers dropped them as a business.
Smith, Casey. “I Took a Tour of Fair Oaks Farms. Here's What I Saw.” Indianapolis Star. IndyStar, June 11, 2019. https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2019/06/10/fair-oaks-farms-abuse-touring-indiana-dairy-hog-operation-experience/1381857001/.