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Maria R. Carreras PhD Defense

Maria R. Carreras PhD Defense

Interest Groups, Discourse and Food Orientations. The Case of the European Dairy Industry

16.07.2021

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We are pleased to announce that Maria R. Carreras, member of the UPF-CAE board, will have her PhD viva voce examination on July 23rd at 4pm CEST. Maria is presenting the PhD dissertation "Interest Groups, Discourse and Food Orientations. The Case of the European Dairy Industry", which has been supervised by dr. Núria Almiron. If you are interested in attending the Zoom session please write us at [email protected]

  • Date: Friday 23rd July, 4pm CEST
  • Place: Zoom (for registration send us your full name and email to [email protected])

Abstract: The general objective of this research is to study the discourse of the European Dairy Industry (EDI) lobbyists from an antispeciesist perspective. To achieve this, the EDI is examined as an economic and influential actor, in order to identify the main companies and pressure groups, and the discourse that the latter construct with respect to the animals that the industry exploits, the cows, and to the nutritional recommendations that end up in the dietary guidelines. Through documentary analysis and critical discourse analysis, it is concluded that the dairy industry constitutes an economic and corporate framework that dedicates a great effort to exert influence on food recommendations. The analysis shows that the EDI interest groups have adapted their narrative to the current values of concern for science, health and even animal welfare, while contradicting them. Outstanding among the contradictions is the denial of the interests of animals exploited by their maternal segregations through a representation that objectifies them and obviates their capacity for sentience,autonomy and individuality.

 

 

 

 

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