The Coller Foundation is working towards the long-term goals of building a more resilient food system.
Engaging with a variety of stakeholders, from businesses and investors to policymakers and consumers, we aim to improve the quality of life for farmed animals while building a more resilient and sustainable global food system.
The Four Inconvenient Truths
Intensive animal agriculture is cheaper for consumers but has serious consequences for human and planetary health.
Threatens Human Health
Over 70% of all antibiotics globally are used in livestock production. Overconsumption of meat is recognised as a significant contributor to poor health and increases the risk of becoming overweight, obese or developing certain noncommunicable diseases.
Global Warming and Pollution
Intensive animal agriculture is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, greater than the entire transport sector. We must address livestock production to stay within the 1.5, or even the 2 degree warming limit, as set out by the Paris Climate Agreement.
Endangers Food Security
At least one third of the world’s grain harvest is fed to farmed animals, with demand growth for grain now outcompeting demand for human food.
Consumes Our Planet’s Scarce Resources
Almost a third of humanity’s water footprint relates to animal production. Animal agriculture is also the number one cause of deforestation – responsible for up to 91% of deforestation in the Amazon.
The FAIRR Initiative, founded by Jeremy Coller in 2015, is a collaborative investor network focusing on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities in the global food sector. It is currently supported by investors and asset owners with over $70 trillion in combined assets worldwide. Through cutting-edge research, data and tools, FAIRR helps its members to navigate the material financial risks posed by an increasingly vulnerable livestock sector and enables them to exercise their influence as responsible stewards of capital. It also provides FAIRR investor members with resources to identify opportunities to transition to more sustainable practices.
Coller Animal Law Forum
The Coller Animal Law Forum (CALF) is an interactive resource that collates and analyses various laws and policies impacting farmed animals. It is designed for policymakers, parliamentarians, researchers, and advocates working to affect a more equitable and sustainable global food system. CALF takes an expansive look at the levers that could transform food production, identifying legislation and policies beyond animal welfare and agricultural legislation. This extends to different areas of law and policy that impact farm animals, such as agriculture, animal welfare, animal health and public procurement.
The Coller-Menmon Animal Law Programme
Hosted by Tel Aviv University Law School, the The Coller-Menmon Animal Rights and Welfare Program explores the intersection between Law and Animal Welfare, with a view to driving social change, and educating a new generation of Animal Rights advocates. The program includes two annual undergraduate courses on Animal Law, an annual conference, and two research grants in relevant fields. Also supported as part of this program is The Environmental Justice and Protection of Animal Rights Clinic, which provides high quality legal aid to animal rights NGOs and activists.