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The “Animal-Based Food Taboo”: climate change denial and deontological codes in journalism

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dc.contributor.author Almiron, Núria, 1967-
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-03T12:58:31Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-03T12:58:31Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Almiron N. The “Animal-Based Food Taboo”: climate change denial and deontological codes in journalism. Front Commun. 2020;5:512956. DOI: 10.3389/fcomm.2020.512956
dc.identifier.issn 2297-900X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/52159
dc.description.abstract In spite of the well-documented links between global warming and the animal-based diet, human dietary choices have been only timidly problematized by legacy media in the recent decades. Research on news reporting of the connection between the animal-based diet and climate change shows a clear coverage deficit in traditional journalism. In order to reflect on the reasons for this failure, this paper discusses moral anthropocentrism as the human-supremacist moral stance at the roots of mainstream ethics and the climate crisis. Accordingly, the animal-based food taboo is defined here as our reluctance not only to change but to even discuss changing our food habits, a strong evidence that moral anthropocentrism is not addressed as a problem, which amounts to a type of denial. Through a literature review conducted on the most relevant comparative studies of deontological codes, this paper shows that codes of journalism do not escape moral anthropocentrism, and thus contribute to prevent journalists from stressing the relevant role diet plays in our ethics and sustainability efforts. The paper ends by suggesting ways to expand and update media ethics and deontological codes in journalism to dismantle both the taboo and the moral anthropocentric stance it is based on.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Frontiers
dc.relation.ispartof Frontiers in Communication. 2020;5:512956.
dc.rights Copyright © 2020 Almiron. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title The “Animal-Based Food Taboo”: climate change denial and deontological codes in journalism
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2020.512956
dc.subject.keyword Climate change denial
dc.subject.keyword Ethics
dc.subject.keyword Moral anthropocentrism
dc.subject.keyword Speciesism
dc.subject.keyword Deontological codes
dc.subject.keyword Journalism
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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