International debate over the use of glyphosate in Colombia: a study of environmental journalism Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Fernández, Julia Isabel
    • Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media
  • This study examined the coverage of two newspapers—Colombia's El Tiempo and the New York Times—of the debate over the use of the chemical herbicide glyphosate to eradicate illegal crops in Colombia. The findings suggest that both publications failed to provide significant details about the herbicide's chemical formula and its secondary effects. The analysis also corroborates prior findings that suggested that the media portray contradictory representations of nature that may confuse the public. At the same time that illegal crop production and its consequent chemical eradication destroyed endemic and primary forests in Colombia, the media neglected to illustrate the natural damage or its significance. In all, very little content in either newspaper communicated the concerns of environmental groups and in El Tiempo's case; such concerns were presented as benefiting drug dealers instead of helping the environmental cause. This in turn, may impair public knowledge and reaction about the environmental problem.
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