Author Archives: Susan Leopold

Reviving Dormant Ethnobotany

Reviving Dormant Ethnobotany BlogFor the vast majority of human evolution ethnobotanical knowledge has been an essential component of human capital relied upon for nutritionally balanced, stable, and locally adapted supplies of foods and medicines from wild plant sources. While traditional ethnobotanical knowledge (TEK) is still critical in a few regions where indigenous cultures and native ecosystems co-exist, in the past three centuries, this knowledge base has gradually eroded and gone extinct in many others. In still other regions, it lies dormant in the memories of elders – mostly women – who retain both skills and knowledge specific to the ecosystems in which they live or were raised.

As increasingly recognized by the sustainable development community and as part of the Continue reading