Tim Boekhout van Solinge
Tim Boekhout van Solinge is Assistant professor in criminology at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology at Utrecht University. From 1995-2000 he worked as a researcher at the Centre for Drug Research (CEDRO) of the University of Amsterdam, publishing on illicit drug markets and international drug control. Since 2004, his main area of interest has been eco-crime and green criminology, in particular the (mostly illegal) deforestation of tropical rainforests.
The rising production of soy for the global market has been one of the main drivers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. This is not only affecting the biodiversity of the Amazon region, but is also engendering severe violent conflicts in the region over the use of land. The ‘soy game’ is consistently won by the few people with a clear interest in the agribusiness sector at the expense of indigenous communities and small-scale farmers living and operating on the land that has been taken up to cultivate the soy for the global market.