Brazilian supermodel-turned-environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is responding to criticism from a Cabinet minister.
Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias accused Bundchen of tainting the country's image abroad. Speaking in a radio interview Monday, the minister called the super model a "bad Brazilian" for denouncing deforestation.
Bundchen responded late Wednesday with a statement saying she would "be happy to announce positive actions" taken toward sustainable development.
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In her post, Bundchen says that she is surprised her name was mentioned negatively and that her criticisms of deforestation in Brazil have been based on science.
Bundchen cites a government report saying deforestation in Brazil rose nearly 14 percent from August 2017 to July 2018. She said those behind illegal land occupation are the "bad Brazilians."