Detritus: The Secret Ingredient in our Food Chain [Science Video]


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When you picture the lowest levels of the food chain, you might imagine herbivores happily munching on lush, living green plants. But this idyllic image leaves out a huge (and slightly less appetizing) source of nourishment: dead stuff. John C. Moore details the “brown food chain,” explaining how such unlikely delicacies as pond scum and animal poop contribute enormous amounts of energy to our ecosystems.

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One Response to Detritus: The Secret Ingredient in our Food Chain [Science Video]

  1. It’s sad that our society is so disconnected from Nature that we have to have videos explaining where food comes from. Its even worse that some people take advantage of the ignorance to spread fear about “icky” foods to stop people from eating them.