Peter Melchett

8 October, Session 1.9
Environmental Sustainability and Social Responsibility: Key Determinants of EU Consumer Acceptance of Food Products

is the Policy Director of the Soil Association, the UK organic food and farming organisation, responsible for campaigns, standards and policy. He runs an 890-acre organic farm in Norfolk, with pigs, beef cattle, sheep and arable crops. He is a member of the BBC's Rural Affairs Committee and the Government's Organic Action Plan Group, and was a member of the Department of Education’s School Lunches Review Panel.
He was a Special Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Nottingham University 1984-2002, is on the Board of the EU £12m Research Project 'Quality Low Input Food', and does some environmental consulting, for example with IKEA and ASDA. He was a Labour Government Minister 1974-79, at the Departments of Environment, Industry, and Northern Ireland (covering education and health). He was President or Chair of several conservation ngos, and was Director of Greenpeace UK (1985-2000), and chaired Greenpeace Japan (1995-2001).

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