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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

Separation from Dean Foods has allowed WhiteWave to "voice our vision in a stronger way", Brattner saysSustainability Watch: Deanna Bratter, WhiteWave Foods 17 September 2014

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and natural foods specialist, was spun off from dairy giant Dean Foods last year. Deanna Bratter, senior manager of corporate sustainability at WhiteWave, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability as an independent operation.

A "co-ordinated approach to food policy even more crucial than in 2001, when FSA was founded"Consuming issues: Elliott puts FSA back in the spotlight 8 September 2014

Amid the headlines about the UK's plan to set up a food crime unit, Professor Chris Elliott's full report into the UK supply chain has reignited what was a fierce debate - the role of the Food Standards Agency, writes Ben Cooper.

Fonterra has teamed up with CSIRO to work on areas including herd productivity, processing and consumer healthFocus: Fonterra looks to broaden innovation horizons 3 September 2014

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has joined with the Australian science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in a strategic research partnership in a bid to seek solutions from outside the dairy sector. Ben Cooper reports.

Milk producers have welcomed USDA work to plot out ways to develop biogas outputSustainability Watch: How will US biogas push affect food industry? 28 August 2014

An initiative launched under the auspices of President Obama's Climate Action Plan will see the government foster a major expansion of biogas use. Ben Cooper looks at the implications of the US government's Biogas Opportunities Roadmap for US food manufacturers.

"Improving food education, both for children and adults, should be recognised as a fundamental element in addressing dietary health issues and reducing food waste"Consuming issues: The hunger-obesity paradox 26 August 2014

It may seem cruelly ironic the UK faces what is frequently dubbed an "obesity epidemic" while hospital admissions for malnutrition have risen by 19% over the past year. Ironic perhaps, but not surprising. Ben Cooper argues food education and cooking skills would be a simple measure to tackle the issue.

The food industry "falling short" on sustainable sourcing, CeresSustainability Watch: Ceres' latest report on food 30 July 2014

Gaining Ground, a report produced by sustainability thinktank Ceres and investment analysts Sustainalytics, compares the performance of 613 US companies and looks at comparative performance across different sectors. Ben Cooper asked Andrea Moffat, vice president of the corporate programme at Ceres and author of the report, how the food and beverage sector is faring.

Sugar reduction could be area where industry and NGOs find shared interestConsuming issues: No candy-coated arguments at sugar summit 14 July 2014

Last week, medical professionals, industry representatives, policy advisors and others gathered in London to discuss the health impacts of sugar consumption and what government and food companies can do to mitigate them. Ben Cooper was there.

OxfamConsuming issues: Oxfam as industry's "critical friend" 30 June 2014

Oxfam's latest analysis of the food industry's efforts on to tackle climate change demonstrates how the NGO can partner with industry at time but still play a role in handing out stinging criticism where necessary, Ben Cooper believes.

Industry programmes on supply chain, including CocoaAction, have hit recent headlinesSustainability Watch: Supply chain focus comes down to four-letter word 27 June 2014

Among all the sustainability issues food companies are addressing, agricultural supply chains are month by month becoming an ever more predominant focus. In his fiftieth Sustainability Watch feature, Ben Cooper reflects on why.

There is no specific sugar reduction pledge within UK governmentComment: Sugar reduction pledge, not tax, could interest regulators 25 June 2014

A tax on sugar has again hit the headlines in recent days, with a call from campaign group Action on Sugar and, significantly, after a key expert on obesity said new policies should be looked at. However, Ben Cooper says evidence sin taxes work is sketchy, although he argues Action on Sugar's separate call for an industry pledge to lower sugar could interest regulators.

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