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 Environment Section American Anthropological Association Zapotec farmers in the northern sierra of Oaxaca Mexico are highly successful in providing t

  • Title: Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca
  • Author: Roberto J. González
  • ISBN: 9780292728325
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner, Julian Steward Award, Anthropology Environment Section, American Anthropological Association, 2003Zapotec farmers in the northern sierra of Oaxaca, Mexico, are highly successful in providing their families with abundant, nutritious food in an ecologically sustainable fashion, although the premises that guide their agricultural practices would be considered erWinner, Julian Steward Award, Anthropology Environment Section, American Anthropological Association, 2003Zapotec farmers in the northern sierra of Oaxaca, Mexico, are highly successful in providing their families with abundant, nutritious food in an ecologically sustainable fashion, although the premises that guide their agricultural practices would be considered erroneous by the standards of most agronomists and botanists in the United States and Europe In this book, Roberto Gonzalez convincingly argues that in fact Zapotec agricultural and dietary theories and practices constitute a valid local science, which has had a reciprocally beneficial relationship with European and United States farming and food systems since the sixteenth century.Gonzalez bases his analysis upon direct participant observation in the farms and fields of a Zapotec village By using the ethnographic fieldwork approach, he is able to describe and analyze the rich meanings that campesino families attach to their crops, lands, and animals Gonzalez also reviews the history of maize, sugarcane, and coffee cultivation in the Zapotec region to show how campesino farmers have intelligently and scientifically adapted their farming practices to local conditions over the course of centuries By setting his ethnographic study of the Talea de Castro community within a historical world systems perspective, he also skillfully weighs the local impact of national and global currents ranging from Spanish colonialism to the 1910 Mexican Revolution to NAFTA At the same time, he shows how, at the turn of the twenty first century, the sustainable practices of traditional subsistence agriculture are beginning to replace the failed, unsustainable techniques of modern industrial farming in some parts of the United States and Europe.

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    • This is an excellent ethnography of food and agriculture in central Mexico. It's highly readable, as ethnographies go, and very interesting. I read it as a sort of companion toThe Omnivore's Dilemma, because Gonzalez talks about how to the Zapotec, maize has a soul, which is a huge contrast to corn as a commodity in the US. This was for an independent study on sustainable agriculture systems, and the book immediately became a valuable segment of my study.


    • One of those rare successful transformation of a doctoral thesis into a trade book. Might be the first good book written on this very important subject.


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