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Ben Cooper

Ben CooperBiography

Ben Cooper is just-food's contributing editor and specialises in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, policy issues and sustainability. He holds MAs from Cambridge University and the University of London, respectively in Social and Political Sciences and Social Policy.

He joined the just-drinks editorial team in 2000 and today works across both just-drinks and just-food, while also writing occasionally for just-style.

In addition to his regular features, Ben has written numerous in-depth management briefings on issues such as alcohol policy, sponsorship, the Fairtrade market, the use of food colourings and environmental issues facing the clothing industry.

He also writes regularly for Ethical Corporation magazine which specialises in the corporate social responsibility field.

He lives in London where he also works as a professional singer.

Articles by Ben Cooper

What could be the benefits of US approval of GM salmon? 30 November 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve AquaBounty Technologies' AquAdvantage salmon for consumption in the country sees the collision of two highly controversial subjects, namely aquaculture and genetic modification.

Uncle Ben's owner Mars will only source Mars' sustainable rice standard more than crop-ticking exercise 26 November 2015

Recent years have seen the launch of numerous sustainability standards and initiatives across various agricultural commodities. Ben Cooper assesses the significance of the new standard for sustainable rice, launched by the Sustainable Rice Platform and Mars Inc.

The Cadbury owner plans to expand support for its Cocoa Life programmeMondelez sets out thinking behind new sustainability goals 30 October 2015

Mondelez International has laid out how it plans to "accelerate" efforts to reduce the group's impact on the environment, setting new sustainability goals for 2020. Ben Cooper spoke to Jonathan Horrell, the snacks giant's global director of sustainability, to discuss the targets.

Manufacturers could put forward proposals on promotions, advertising and sugar reductionWhy industry should engage after Public Health England sugar report 27 October 2015

With suspicion of so-called Big Food at an all-time high, the food industry needs to be proactive in its response to Public Health England's report on sugar. Ben Cooper highlights ways manufacturers could show positive engagement.

UK government has so far sought to work with industry on voluntary basisHow UK sugar recommendations compare to initiatives so far 27 October 2015

The cry from campaigners in the UK is neither government nor industry is doing enough to reduce sugar consumption. Here, Ben Cooper compares the measures proposed in last week's report from Public Health England with what has been advocated by campaign group Action on Sugar and government action and industry engagement as represented by the Public Health Responsibility Deal.

'The decision from Burwell and Vilsack is misguided'Why decision on US dietary guidelines is missed opportunity 12 October 2015

The US Dietary Guidelines of Americans are reviewed every five years because they are expected to evolve in response to scientific progress and recent years have seen fundamental changes in how the sustainability of the food supply and diet is viewed. Environmental criteria are too important to be ignored. Ben Cooper argues the US government has erred by not including environmental factors in the latest advice.

Dairy and meat industries would welcome latest German research on trans fatsHow latest trans fat studies show complexity of health debate 29 September 2015

Two pieces of research in Europe on trans fat underline the complexity of dietary science and, therefore, the formulation of product development strategies and public health messages. Ben Cooper reports.

Two How Thai Union wants to be sustainability "leader" 28 September 2015

When unveiling its new name and corporate identity last week, seafood giant Thai Union Group placed sustainability at the heart of its agenda. Following her appointment as the company's group director of sustainable development, Dr Darian McBain spoke with Ben Cooper about Thai Union's approach to sustainability and aspirations for the future.

A group of investors has urged food firms to improve their water risk managementWhy investors are concerned about water risk management 27 August 2015

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water risk in their own operations and in their supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.

Mexico has introduced series of measures on to try to change consumption habitsHow soda is drawing fire from food in Mexico obesity battle 24 August 2015

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks at the effect the parallel tax on calorie-dense foods has had on consumers and on food companies.

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