Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A cold steer

Next time you
watch a
truckload of cattle
being trans-
ported to the
meatworks, don't
think of them as
living creatures
about to be
put to death but
observe them im-
partially as part
of the food web.
It is so much
more melodic.
The sequence comprises autotrophs, or producers, which are principally plants & photosynthetic microorganisms, & a series of heterotrophs, or consumers, which are: herbivores that feed on the producers, carnivores that feed on the herbivores, & decomposers that break down the dead bodies & waste products (including their own), ready for recycling.

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