The death of Peter Melchett is a sad loss to all who knew him
He will be missed by the organic and anti-GM movements, his colleagues at the Soil Association, and the whole spectrum of environmental groups.
The thoughts and condolences of the OGA go out to his family and friends who are having to deal with a major loss.
The many achievements and activities are dealt with in detail in the many obituaries and tributes that have already been published so only a summary is included here. He was born Peter Robert Henry Mond and became the 4th Baron Melchett but he was known to most as Peter Melchett.
In an extraordinarily busy and active life he took on many roles including environmental campaigner, anti-GM activist, executive director of Greenpeace, lecturer, government minister in the House of Lords, and latterly Policy Director of the Soil Association. He held this position from 2002 until his untimely death and was responsible for many campaigns in that time, and was also very much involved in the Food for Life campaign and project.
Despite this wide range of commitments he was also actively involved in the running of the 890 acre family farm in Norfolk producing cattle, sheep and arable crops. This was of course run organically with great emphasis on wildlife and habitat.
This man was the embodiment of a campaigning spirit and he will be greatly missed by all who care about the environment and sustainable food production.