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Supermodel Gisele is a “bad Brazilian” claims Agriculture minister Dias

Tuesday, January 15th 2019 - 09:01 UTC
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Dias instead that Gisele Bündchen “should be an ambassador and say that your country conserves, that your country is on the global vanguard of conservation” Dias instead that Gisele Bündchen “should be an ambassador and say that your country conserves, that your country is on the global vanguard of conservation”
“It’s absurd what they do today with the image of Brazil,” minister Dias said in an interview with a conservative radio station “It’s absurd what they do today with the image of Brazil,” minister Dias said in an interview with a conservative radio station

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen is a “bad Brazilian” whose environmental activism has harmed the country’s image abroad, the nation’s new Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said on Monday.

Dias, who was the leader of the farmers’ caucus in Congress before being appointed to the Environment Ministry by newly elected far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, was responding to a question about Bündchen’s criticism of government attempts to take away environmental protections.

“It’s absurd what they do today with the image of Brazil,” Dias said in an interview with a conservative radio station. “For some reason they go out and paint a picture of Brazil and its industries that is not true.”

Dias said that instead Bündchen “should be an ambassador and say that your country conserves, that your country is on the global vanguard of conservation, and not go around criticizing Brazil without knowing the facts.”

After her interview, Dias sent out a tweet saying, “I said that Gisele Bündchen could be an ambassador for Brazil to show that we produce agriculture for the world while preserving the environment. The model will soon receive our invitation.”

Bündchen is a UN environmental goodwill ambassador who has spoken out against proposed legislation to open 1.5 million acres of Amazon rainforest, accusing the government of auctioning off the Amazon to the private sector. The Bolsonaro administration has received harsh criticism from environmentalists for its policy that the Amazon should be more open for development.

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  • DemonTree

    A favourite trick of the right-wing: call anyone who doesn't agree with your policies unpatriotic. How dare someone have their own opinion and voice it honestly?

    Jan 15th, 2019 - 12:32 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    DemonTree

    You'll never catch me saying anything negative about Gisele Bündchen who I think is knock dead beautiful!

    Jan 15th, 2019 - 02:13 pm 0
  • Terence Hill

    ”Luiz Nabhan Garcia, the Agriculture Ministry’s new Special Secretary for Land Affairs, told the media that he would be initiating a thorough review of all efforts in the last ten years to demarcate indigenous land; to provide titles for quilombolas (communities inhabited by the descendants of runaway slaves); as well as attempts to secure lands for agrarian reform settlements. According to Nabhan Garcia, some of these past actions will be undone, if “serious mistakes”, “unacceptable errors,” or “fraud” were found to have occurred.
    Federal Prosecutor Júlio Araújo told BBC Brasil that the shift of indigenous reserve demarcation duties to the agriculture ministry, which represents ruralist interests, violates the rule of law: “This dismantling [of FUNAI) is unconstitutional because it renders unfunctional the policy of demarcation and this is a policy enshrined in the [1988 Brazilian] constitution.” That document assures indigenous groups a fair process for demarcating and permanently occupying their ancestral territories.
    According to Marcio Santilli, a former president of FUNAI and one of the founders of the Social-Environmental Institute (ISA), a Brazilian NGO, taking back land already granted to indigenous groups will infringe on the law and violate indigenous land rights.”
    https://news.mongabay.com/2019/01/bolsonaro-acts-brazils-socioenvironmental-groups-resist/

    Jan 15th, 2019 - 02:17 pm 0
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