President Evo Morales (Pic: Simon Wedege)

The president of Bolivia has suggested that eating hormone-loaded chicken is turning men gay.

Speaking at an international climate change conference in the city of Cochabamba last week, Evo Morales said:”The chicken we eat is loaded with female hormones. So, when men eat it, they tend to deviate from their manhood.”

He added that he only eats organic chicken to avoid becoming feminised.

The theory is widely dismissed by scientists, and it has been pointed out that chicken farmers in the US, Europe and other countries have abandoned using hormones in poultry production for some time.

In a letter of protest to the Bolivian embassy in Madrid, Spain’s National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals criticised the president’s statement.

It’s an absurdity to think that eating hormone-containing chicken can change the sexual orientation of a person,” wrote the organisation’s Cesar Cigliutti. “By following that reasoning, if we put male hormones in a chicken and we make a homosexual eat it he will transform into a heterosexual.”

In his speech at the conference, Morales also blamed the balding of men in Europe on the inadvertent consumption of hormones in their food.

“Baldness, which seems normal, is a disease in Europe. Almost everyone is bald and it’s related to the food they eat. Among the indigenous people there are no bald men, because we eat different things,” he said.

Morales (50) has been the President of Bolivia since 2006. Although he has fathered a number of children, he is unmarried and his older sister serves as the country’s First Lady.

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