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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

EU ministers want controls on advertising on online platformsEU Council adopts proposals to tackle childhood obesity 20 June 2017

The EU Council has adopted proposals aimed at addressing rising childhood overweight and obesity across the EU including advocating more controls on advertising and marketing.

De Groot to head combined organisationUTZ and Rainforest Alliance look to build through merger - interview 19 June 2017

Earlier this month, ethical organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge, with the two bodies to operate a single certification standard. Han de Groot, UTZ executive director and designated CEO of the merged organisation, spoke with Ben Cooper about the combination and its implications for food companies.

Scotland's government commissioned study that recommended taxScottish firms slam call for sugar tax on food 19 June 2017

Food manufacturers operating in Scotland have criticised a report from the University of Stirling backing proposals by the country's devolved government to extend the soft drinks levy to food products.

Scottish study also called for Scotland "should extend soft drinks tax to food" - study 19 June 2017

A new report looking at the grocery retail sector in Scotland has provided support for proposals by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) aimed at improving diets, including extending the soft drinks levy to food products.

Muscle Food's UK listings include Sainsbury'sMuscle Food eyes UK grocers, embarks on international push 19 June 2017

UK protein-rich food specialist Muscle Food has announced listings with three major supermarket chains as it seeks to build on its fast-growing online presence.

Minority government led by May faces prospect of taking softer stance on BrexitUK election result raises food sector hopes of better Brexit - column 9 June 2017

The result of the UK's General Election has stunned much of the country and many observers worldwide. The poll produced a hung parliament, with the Conservative Party, led by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the largest in the House of Commons but without a majority of seats. May has embarked on talks with Democratic Unionist Party in a bid to form a minority government that can function with the working support of the Northern Ireland party. As Ben Cooper reports, the DUP's stance on Brexit, as well as the now improved standing of Labour, could lead to a softer Brexit that many food manufacturers would support.

Trump claimed Paris climate accord would hit US economyParis climate partners resolute but US cash will be missed - column 5 June 2017

Ben Cooper examines the implications of the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

Food policy almost invisible as UK election nears - analysis 31 May 2017

It's the economy, stupid. So goes the mantra for what drives voting choice and therefore electoral campaigning. But, to some, food policy should have been far higher up in the agenda in recent elections in a number of countries. That argument is being heard loud and clear in the UK as the country nears polling day on 8 June, not least with Brexit the key reason why Prime Minister Theresa May called the election. Ben Cooper analyses the food policy positions of the main competing parties and hears from industry and campaigners on why the issue should have far more prominence as the election nears.

MSC targeting increased presence in southern Europe, where seafood consumption high, says GuichouxThe Marine Stewardship Council looks to 2030 - interview 30 May 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has celebrated its 20th anniversary by unveiling a new strategy and setting bold targets up to 2030. Nicolas Guichoux, the seafood certification body's global commercial director, spoke with Ben Cooper about the MSC's plans for the future.

Canadian politicians voted against mandatory labellingCanada GMO label vote splits industry, campaigners 23 May 2017

The defeat in the Canadian parliament of an attempt to make the labelling of genetically modified foods sold in the country mandatory has drawn contrasting reactions from industry and environmental organisations.

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