- from Ecology
Do you like to play soccer? How about watching TV? Whatever you’re doing, you need energy to do it.
All living things get energy from the food they eat. As food passes through the body, some is digested. This releases energy. Energy is passed along in a community by way of food chains and food webs. Here’s how they work:
1. Plants use the Sun’s energy to make their own food, which is starch. They store starch in their leaves.
2. Some of this energy is passed along as food for animals. For example, many plants are eaten by herbivores (plant-eaters), which are animals such as rabbits.
3. Herbivores, in turn, are eaten by carnivores (meat-eaters), like snakes, or omnivores (plant- and animal-eaters), like bears.
4. They, in turn, are eaten by other animals.