Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca

Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca

Winner, Julian Steward Award, Anthropology & surroundings part, American Anthropological organization, 2003

Zapotec farmers within the northern sierra of Oaxaca, Mexico, are hugely profitable in delivering their households with considerable, nutritious meals in an ecologically sustainable type, even supposing the premises that advisor their agricultural practices will be thought of inaccurate via the criteria of such a lot agronomists and botanists within the usa and Europe. during this ebook, Roberto González convincingly argues that during truth Zapotec agricultural and nutritional theories and practices represent a sound neighborhood technology, which has had a reciprocally useful courting with eu and usa farming and nutrition platforms because the 16th century.

González bases his research upon direct player remark within the farms and fields of a Zapotec village. by utilizing the ethnographic fieldwork strategy, he's capable of describe and research the wealthy meanings that campesino households connect to their plants, lands, and animals. González additionally studies the historical past of maize, sugarcane, and occasional cultivation within the Zapotec zone to teach how campesino farmers have intelligently and scientifically tailored their farming practices to neighborhood stipulations over the process centuries. via atmosphere his ethnographic learn of the Talea de Castro group inside of a ancient global platforms viewpoint, he additionally skillfully weighs the neighborhood impression of nationwide and international currents starting from Spanish colonialism to the 1910 Mexican Revolution to NAFTA. while, he indicates how, on the flip of the twenty-first century, the sustainable practices of "traditional" subsistence agriculture are commencing to exchange the failed, unsustainable strategies of recent business farming in a few elements of the USA and Europe.

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