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Brazilian supermodel rejects criticism from agriculture minister

Thursday, January 17th 2019 - 09:50 UTC
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“I'm always looking for knowledge through reading and contact with scientists, researchers, farmers, cooperative and environmental organizations”, said Gisele “I'm always looking for knowledge through reading and contact with scientists, researchers, farmers, cooperative and environmental organizations”, said Gisele
Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said Bundchen should not be saying bad things about Brazil, by calling the country a deforester, without knowing the facts. Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said Bundchen should not be saying bad things about Brazil, by calling the country a deforester, without knowing the facts.

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen on Wednesday rejected critiques by the country's farm minister that questioned her knowledge about Brazil's conservation efforts.

Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias on Monday said that Bundchen should not be saying bad things about Brazil, for example by calling the country a deforester, without knowing the facts.

Bundchen, who is married to U.S. football star Tom Brady, in November blasted a proposal by President Jair Bolsonaro to merge the environment ministry with the agriculture ministry. That did not happen, but the Bolsonaro government has stripped Brazil's environment ministry of oversight of areas such as water resources and eliminated its secretariat on climate change.

Bolsonaro, who counts on powerful farmers as part of his core supporters, has said he wants to end an “industry” of environmental fines, which activists say is a major tool for ensuring rules are followed. He has also suggested Brazil could exit the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“It surprised me to see my name mentioned in a negative way for defending and speaking in favor of the environment, because I've been supporting projects and involved in socio-environmental causes since 2006,” Bundchen wrote on Twitter.

“I'm always looking for knowledge through reading and contact with scientists, researchers, farmers, cooperative and environmental organizations.”

The post did not mention Dias or the agriculture ministry by name. Dias responded by thanking Bundchen on Twitter for her message and saying they should work together to combat illegal deforestation.

Categories: Environment, Politics, Brazil.

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  • Chicureo

    The incredibly beautiful Gisele Bündchen could advocate Brazil to adopt Marxist-Socialism and I would still not say a negative thing.

    ...what were you mumbling about Enrique...?

    Jan 17th, 2019 - 10:39 pm +1
  • Enrique Massot

    The Amazonian jungle is up for sale. The world should unite, buy it and protect it from Bolsonaro and associates' greediness.

    Jan 17th, 2019 - 07:46 pm 0
  • Terence Hill

    “Jan 17,2019
    In Brazil, indigenous groups clash with mining companies in 400 areas”
    https://brazilian.report/society/2019/01/17/brazil-indigenous-mining-400-areas/

    Jan 18th, 2019 - 11:09 am 0
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