Organic Agriculture’s Pursuit for Fairness
The idealism behind organic agriculture is that it mimics if not totally replace the natural cycles found in the environment. Organic agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and the proliferation of life. One of the principles underlying the organic agriculture is the principle of fairness. As it is characterized by equity, respect, justice and stewardship of the shared relationship among the people and their environment, this principle highlights the importance of human relationships executing fairness at all levels and to all individual concerned such as the contributors, traders and consumers (IFOAM). Moreover, food insecurity is the primary issue that must be addressed and so food production aligned with an organic farming set up is geared towards providing every individual a good quality of life through an efficient supply of quality food and other products. A condition wherein poverty is alleviated and food sovereignty is achieved.
In addition, animals should also be provided with the conditions and opportunities of life that will enable them to live in accordance to their physiological functioning and natural behavior. Hence, the practices involved in livestock production should be as humane as possible.
In pursuit of an agricultural system of production that should be aligned to the ecological cycles with groups working together to make up a holistic approach, natural and environmental resources being used for production and consumption must be managed in a way that is socially and ecologically just and should be held in trust for future generations.
Ideally, fairness requires systems of production, distribution and trade that are accessible and fair and is derived from real environmental and social costs. Organic agriculture is seen as a vital platform to emulate and sustain an ecological functioning that captures an equitable relationships that mankind can create with their environment.