Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca By Roberto J. Gonzalez
Zapotec 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.
"Zapotec Science is a major triumph of ethnographic insights in the understanding of farming practices." -Sustainable Communities Review
"This is a superb ethnographic work that can, and should, revolutionize a good deal of anthropology and the philosophy of science.... For anyone interested in Latin American traditional agriculture, it will be a 'must read.'" - Eugene Anderson, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside