Born in 1962, Peter Schmidt’s first occupation was cheesemaker. Later on he was a regional officer of the NGG trade union (Food and Catering Union, affiliated to the DGB) for 27 years, in charge of dairy industries and bakeries. Since 2014 he has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)’s Group II (Workers). From 2015 to March 2018, he was the president of the EESC’s Permanent Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems and rapporteur of several EESC opinions related to food policy. Since April 2018, he has been the president of the EESC’s Sustainable Development Observatory.