How “Dead Stuff” Is So Important In Our Food System

Attention all food eaters… this is Food Ecosystem 101 which you may have forgotten!

It’s nothing heavy, just a simple TED Ed animation of the food chain we seldom think about (unless you’re a gardener or farmer and this is fresh aroma to you!).

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.

Check it out…

Source:  TED Ed

Lesson by John C. Moore, animation by TED-Ed.