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Eat less, poop every other day, suggests Bolsonaro, if you want to save the world

Saturday, August 10th 2019 - 08:05 UTC
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 “It's enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It's enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the whole world,” said Bolsonaro “It's enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It's enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the whole world,” said Bolsonaro
Bolsonaro has been criticized for a rapid acceleration in deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, which covers vast swathes of Brazil Bolsonaro has been criticized for a rapid acceleration in deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, which covers vast swathes of Brazil

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggested on Friday that people “poop every other day” as a way to save the environment after he came under fire for a surge in deforestation of the Amazon since he came to power.

The far-right leader offered this idea in response to a journalist's question as to whether it was possible to simultaneously spur economic growth, feed the world's hungry and also preserve the environment.

“It's enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It's enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the whole world,” said Bolsonaro, who earlier this month sacked the head of a government agency that had reported a major increase in Amazon deforestation.

Bolsonaro has been criticized for a rapid acceleration in deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, which covers vast swathes of Brazil and is considered vital to combating global warming.

According to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which tracks clear-cutting of the rainforest, around 2,254 square kilometers of the Amazon were cleared in July, an increase of 278% from a year ago.

That followed a 90% increase in June compared to the year prior - figures that Bolsonaro has called “lies,” and which prompted the sacking of INPE chief Ricardo Galvao on Aug 2.

The rapid rise in deforestation has triggered a global outcry and threatens to create problems for the recent free trade agreement between Mercosur. The pact includes Brazil and the European Union.

The Amazon is vital to the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - a check on global warming.

But Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said the INPE data was published in a way that satisfied “sensationalist interpretations” and was aimed at getting “more donations from foreign NGOs”.

Data from INPE, an institution of international repute, showed that overall deforestation has increased 40% in the last twelve months compared with the same period a year ago.

Bolsonaro, a combative politician frequently denounced for derogatory remarks about women and minority groups, said the rapid rise in populations around the world needed to be addressed.

“When you see how the world's population is increasing by 70 million a year, you need a family planning policy,” said the former army officer, declining to use the term “birth control” for fear of an adverse media reaction.

”Don't make me say that, otherwise (the daily) Folha de S Paolo will run a headline saying I favor birth control,“ he said.

”But you can see that more educated people have fewer children. I'm an exception to that rule, I have five,” he said.

Categories: Environment, Politics, Brazil.

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  • :o))

    A Constipated President is chosen by the constipated masses?

    Aug 10th, 2019 - 01:05 pm +2
  • Terence Hill

    Moro Failed to Report Paid Lecture in 2016
    Judges have 30 days to report their participation in the events and must record the date, subject, place and entity that organized it
    Moro omitted a paid lecture he gave in September 2016 while reporting on his activities when he was the judge responsible for the actions of Operation Lava Jato in Curitiba.
    The Paraná Federal court informed Folha that Moro stated that it had participated in 16 external events in 2016, including nine lectures, three homages and two hearings in the National Congress.
    Moro participate in event in 2016 Crédito: Facebook
    But the list of events does not include a talk mentioned in a message he sent to attorney Deltan Dallagnol through the Telegram app in 2017, which is part of the package obtained by The Intercept.
    A resolution passed by the National Council of Justice in June 2016 made it mandatory for judges to record information about lectures and other events classified as “teaching activities.”
    A person who participated in the organization of the event told Folha that Moro received a fee between R $ 10,000 and R $ 15,000. According to the court's press office, Moro did not declare any compensation for the lectures she informed the TRF-4 in 2016.
    In response to Folha, Moro stated that the omission of the lecture in his accountability may have been due to “pure lapse” and said that he donated part of the fee to the charity.
    https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/brazil/2019/08/moro-failed-to-report-paid-lecture-in-2016.shtml

    Aug 10th, 2019 - 06:26 pm +1
  • :o))

    I wonder how this New Law - “Eat less, poop every other day” - is going to be enforced.

    Maybe for the president, it is OK to use toilet-paper on alternate days due to his constipation.

    But will the faithful followers be able to obey this law?

    Why not sell Re-Usable Toilet-Papers to them?

    Aug 14th, 2019 - 01:31 pm 0
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