Place, food practices, and scientific knowledge

  • Katie Lynn BrkichEmail author


This commentary seeks to extend the discussion on place, food practices, and ancestral scientific knowledge presented in Silvia Lizette Ramos de Robles’, María Guadalupe Garibay-Chávez’, and Arturo Curiel-Ballesteros’ article, in which the authors conceive of place as defined by the local practices related to the production and consumption of food, and consider within this lens the ways in which Mexican cultural practices surrounding the preparation of local indigenous vegetation for sustenance led to the development of scientific knowledge borne out of centuries of practical application. As someone outside of Mexican culture, I look to understand their arguments through my own cultural lenses and consider the importance of preserving ancestral scientific knowledge for the benefit of humanity’s cultural heritage as a means of combatting the commercial forces of globalization.


Ancestral scientific knowledge Place Globalization Cultural identity Cultural preservation 


Este comentario busca ampliar la discusión sobre el lugar, las prácticas alimentarias y el conocimiento científico ancestral presentado en los artículos de Silvia Lizette Ramos de Robles, María Guadalupe Garibay-Chávez y Arturo Curiel-Ballesteros, donde los autores conciben el lugar como definido por las prácticas locales relacionadas con la producción y el consumo de alimentos, y considerar desde este lente las formas en que las prácticas culturales mexicanas que rodean la preparación de la vegetación autóctona local para el sustento condujeron al desarrollo del conocimiento científico a través de siglos de aplicación práctica. Como alguien ajeno a la cultura mexicana, busco entender sus argumentos a través de mi propia cultura y considerar la importancia de preservar el conocimiento científico ancestral en beneficio del patrimonio cultural de la humanidad como un medio para combatir las fuerzas comerciales de la globalización.

Palabras claves

Conocimiento científico ancestral lugar globalización identidad cultural preservación cultural 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA

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