Winner, Julian Steward Award, Anthropology & surroundings part, American Anthropological organization, 2003
Zapotec farmers within the northern sierra of Oaxaca, Mexico, are hugely profitable in supplying their households with considerable, nutritious meals in an ecologically sustainable type, even supposing the premises that advisor their agricultural practices will be thought of faulty via the criteria of so much agronomists and botanists within the usa and Europe. during this booklet, Roberto González convincingly argues that during truth Zapotec agricultural and nutritional theories and practices represent a sound neighborhood technological know-how, which has had a reciprocally priceless dating with eu and usa farming and meals structures because the 16th century.
González bases his research upon direct player commentary within the farms and fields of a Zapotec village. through the use of the ethnographic fieldwork method, he's in a position to describe and examine the wealthy meanings that campesino households connect to their vegetation, lands, and animals. González additionally stories the background of maize, sugarcane, and low cultivation within the Zapotec sector to teach how campesino farmers have intelligently and scientifically tailored their farming practices to neighborhood stipulations over the process centuries. via atmosphere his ethnographic examine of the Talea de Castro group inside a old international platforms viewpoint, he additionally skillfully weighs the neighborhood effect of nationwide and worldwide currents starting from Spanish colonialism to the 1910 Mexican Revolution to NAFTA. even as, he indicates how, on the flip of the twenty-first century, the sustainable practices of "traditional" subsistence agriculture are starting to exchange the failed, unsustainable innovations of recent business farming in a few elements of the U.S. and Europe.