WHERE DO HUMANS FALL ON THE FOOD CHAIN?

    AHHH  it feels good to be on top of the food chain, all these petty little animals below us so weak and vulnerable. where do we fall on the food chain you ask? Well on top of course! Right? 

    Well although as humans we have been very successful in many aspects of the natural world, we often are blind because of our own success and become very ignorant and naive to the things around us, and what we really are.... ANIMALS!! So where do we fall in the natural order of things, like the food chain? This may hurt you but its not very high. It is actually right smack dab in the middle. Give or take a couple variables, like what part of the earth you live in, food that is accessible to the area that you live in, and the diets you choose as an individual. But for simplicity lets talk about everyone as a whole. Cause Chad at your local gym who only eats alligator "aint not mother f*cking middle of the food chain type of guy" 

    So lets get to it. Why are we in the middle of the food chain? When you look at the food chain it is broken up generally into 5 different trophic levels (a way to categories organisms based on their diet) and they go as such.

Level 1: Plants and algae make their own food and are called producers.

Level 2: Herbivores eat plants and are called primary consumers.

Level 3: Carnivores that eat herbivores are called secondary consumers.

Level 4: Carnivores that eat other carnivores are called tertiary consumers.

Level 5: Apex predators that have no predators are at the top of the food chain.

   So how do us humans fall in the middle? If you look at the different trophic levels you can see that majority of humans are either primary consumers (Level 2) or secondary consumers (Level 3) with the majority of the majority having a mixed diet placing them between level 2 and level 3. This puts us on the same link in the food chain as anchovies and pigs. Sure is a ego booster aint it. But before you get all pissed off and say "screw that man I have a gun, aint no stupid animal gonna take me down. I'll show you apex" remember that this is completely based off our diets and where we fall is by what we consume, not what we hunt. But lets face it, if a bear or a tiger learns how to use a weapon we would probably fall short on the hunting scale as well.

    With all that being said we can surely agree that our biggest fault is also our greatest success. Our enormous flipping brains. We may not be on top of the food chain when it comes to our daily diets but we live in a very amazing world and the fact that we are able observe, explore, and learn from it is an  amazing privilege and should never be taken for granted. 

STAY WILD AND STAY CURIOUS

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

http://www.pnas.org/content/110/51/20617

https://curiosity.com/topics/this-is-where-humans-rank-on-the-food-chain-spoiler-were-not-on-top-curiosity/