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Maps of Organic Agriculture in Australia

Paull, John and Hennig, Benjamin (2018) Maps of Organic Agriculture in Australia. Journal of Organics, 5 (1), pp. 29-39.

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Australia is the world leader in organic agriculture, based on certified organic hectares. This has been the case since global organic statistics were first published (in 2000). Australia now accounts for more than half of the world’s certified organic hectares (54%). Australia has 35,645,000 certified organic hectares which is 8.8% of Australia’s agricultural land. In the present paper, three maps (cartograms, ‘maps with attitude’) of organic agriculture in Australia are presented. These three maps illustrate the data, at the state and territory level, for (a) certified organic hectares (35,645,037 hectares) (b) certified organic producers (n = 1,998), and (c) certified organic operators (producers + handlers + processors) (n = 4,028). States and territories are resized according to their measure for each attribute. The base-map for Australia, with states and territories coloured according to their state colours (or a variation thereof), is the standard cartographic representation of the country. The three organics maps are density-equalising cartograms (area cartograms) where equal areas on the map represent equal measures (densities) of the parameter under consideration. This mapping protocol creates distorted yet recognisable new maps that reveal where there is a high presence of the parameter under consideration (and the state or territory is ‘fat’), or a low presence (and the state or territory is ‘skinny’). These three maps visually reveal the uneven distribution of the metrics of organics across Australia, and, on a state by state basis, they suggest unrealised opportunities and potentials.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:cartogram, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia
Subjects: Farming Systems
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Australia
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > World
Research affiliation:Other countries
Australia > University of Tasmania
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Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:34291
Deposited On:18 Jan 2019 08:15
Last Modified:18 Jan 2019 08:15
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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