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

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Winner, Julian Steward Award, Anthropology & Environment Section, American Anthropological Association, 2003

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 er
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by University of Texas Press
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Sarah Guldenbrein
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 to The 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.
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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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