APPG pays tribute to Peter Melchett

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I’m sure everyone associated with the APPG will be very sad to hear of the death of Peter Melchett this week. Peter was a great supporter of the APPG, who frequently attended and spoke at our meetings, as well as always being ready with advice when we needed it. Peter’s support in the early days of the APPG was crucial in getting it off the ground and his continuing encouragement was extremely important.

His most recent contribution to the Group’s work was back in May when he opened a discussion on the Government’s Health and Harmony Command Paper, giving some valuable steers on what “public money for public goods” should look like. Alongside his policy work for the Soil Association Peter put his passion for organic, sustainable farming into practice at his beautiful farm in Norfolk, which I had the pleasure of visiting a couple of years ago.

As we look to the new parliamentary term, with so much to discuss around food and farming, Peter’s principles and passion will continue to inspire us, I’m sure. There has never been a better opportunity for ideas on a more sustainable food system and an agroecological approach to farming to become part of the mainstream political agenda, and I hope this will become Peter’s legacy. Our condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues.


Kerry McCarthy MP
Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer