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Perhaps the least obvious aspect of sustainable agriculture is that of social equity or social justice which captures the idea of fairness in all relationships in food production: fair and just compensation and treatment for farmers as well as farm-workers; fair prices for safe, and nutritious food for all members of communities; fair and safe working and living conditions for farm-workers and equal access to food for all members of communities. Humane treatment of animals as well as just and equitable use of natural resources is included as well. LESSON relies upon these organizations and resources to understand how to achieve social justice and social equity and to develop programs and implement projects that ensure durable social relationships because they are socially responsible.


Standing Panel of Social Equity in Governance, National Academy of Public Administration

Issues of fairness, justice, and equity have always been a part of public administration, and these issues were front-and-center in the early years of affirmative action. Now the focus has moved from more than hiring and promotion practices and contractors selection to fields as broad as education, policing, welfare, housing, and transportation. In the language of public administration, the phrase "social equity" has come to be the way we bring these issues together and apply them to the field.


WorldChanging is a nonprofit media organization headquartered in Seattle, WA, that comprises a global network of independent journalists, designers and thinkers. We cover the world’s most innovative solutions to the planet’s problems, and inspire readers around the world with stories of new tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future. We have brought awareness to issues like refugee aid, renewable energy and innovative solutions for improving building, transportation, communication and quality of life. Our readers are ready to change the world, and Worldchanging connects them with the latest ideas on how to do that.

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, PSR seeks to protect human life worldwide from the impact of social injustice and structural violence. The root causes of social injustice are many and include the widening gaps between rich and poor, the unequal distribution of resources, discrimination, and the disenfranchisement of individuals and groups from the political process. PSR’s current core areas of Environment and Health and Global Security have direct connections to social justice issues.

Scientists for Global Responsibility

promotes ethical science, design and technology, based on the principles of openness, accountability, peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

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