We’re not asking you to not eat meat – just eat less!

Wednesday’s Jaw was given by the Vegetarian and Vegan Society who argued that we, at Bedales, need to eat less meat. Rather than rehearsing the old, if powerful arguments about animal cruelty, the 6.1s presenting Jaw decided to focus on an ecological argument: that eating less meat, as a society, would have incredible benefits for the environment, lessening the impact of global warming; preserving water supplies; tackling global hunger; preparing for population increases. Simply put, it is more efficient to grow food to feed people, rather than grow feed for animals, which are then eaten.

“We know that Bedales will never be a vegetarian school, but maybe we can think about how much meat people eat”, suggested Jemima Viner. “If you include ham and cheese rolls lots of Bedalians eat at break, most students are eating four meat meals a day. It’s crazy!”

“Remember back to GCSE Biology” said Rufus Rock. “We all know how many plants a primary consumer has to eat over its lifetime. 90% of energy is lost at each level of the food chain.”

The Vegetarian and Vegan Society might not have created long term veggies on Wednesday night, but the vegetarian option at supper was certainly more popular.

To find out more about their argument, watch Animal Aid’s video on Youtube.

By Clare Jarmy, Head of PRE


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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