Peter Melchett, the environmental campaigner and Labour peer, has died aged 71. Lord Melchett, who lived in Norfolk, became the executive director of Greenpeace UK in 1989 and was most recently policy director of the Soil Association. He was revered as a fearless pioneer on environmental issues, and led a colourful life and career. In 1999, Melchett faced criminal damage charges alongside 27 fellow activists after ripping up genetically modified crops. He and his colleagues were acquitted when the jury accepted their defence that they believed the crop would have polluted the environment.
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