Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told a reporter last Friday that it would be better for the world if people would restrict their pooping habits to once every other day.
Critics have blamed the President for the rapid deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Last July alone, 870 square miles of the rainforewst have been deforested due to “clear-cutting,” which enviromentalists claim is adding to global warming.
“Bolsonaro knows that his government is primarily responsible for the current destruction of the Amazon,” said Marcio Astrini from Greenpeace.
When confronted by a journalist last Friday, Bolsonaro said, “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.
He added that rapid population growth around the world also 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,” 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.
Bolsonaro is no stranger to making controversial statements.
In 2108 he said, “Elections won’t change anything in this country. It will only change on the day that we break out in civil war here and do the job that the military regime didn’t do: killing 30,000. If some innocent people die, that’s fine. In every war, innocent people die.”