This study identifies clusters of certified organic operations in the United States and determines the form of spatial autocorrelation present in the operations' distribution. We identify large hot spots of organic operations along the West Coast and in the Midwest and Northeast with some variation based on how we define an organic operation. Further analyses suggest that organic operations do not necessarily follow the same geographic patterns as nonorganic agricultural and general business establishments. Spatial autoregressive models confirm the presence of significant spatial dependence in the distribution of certified organic operations for a number of different definitions of an organic operation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agronomy and Crop Science
- Economics and Econometrics