In the last few modules, you’ve learned about how soil diversity and biocultural diversity are both linked and crucial for the health of the other. In this module, you’ll explore traditional methos of soil management and classification. As you’ve read, human beings have had cultural connections to soil for a long time. Over that time, many indigenous cultures developed a deep understanding of soil, from which they created complex soil classification systems comparable to modern western scientific soil classification systems.
While Western academics rely on these classifications for soil, different cultures have had their own unique soil classification systems for millennia. Below you’ll read about “Ethnopedology” as a way to study traditional soil classifications.
Article 1: Ethnopedology and Folk Soil Taxonomies
by Pavel Krasilnikov and Joe Tabor | from Soils, Plant Growth and Crop Production Vol III
Next, you will find three selected readings about traditional soil classification systems in different regions. Please choose one or more and answer the question in the forum that follows: