Surprisingly, I don’t remember anyone ever bringing up the food chain to me before. I mostly just get the “we need meat to survive” comments.
However, I would probably ask them where they think they would be on the “food chain” if they were stuck in the middle of a field full of lions, tigers, and bears, with no Burger King in sight.
Humans started bending their thumbs and fencing in the animals that couldn’t fight back.
The majority (of western society, that is) have never truly provided for themselves in their entire lives. Not only have they never personally slaughtered the carcass on their plates, but they’ve never grown the potato that is now powdered in a box in their cupboard.
In general, without having everything sold to them, humans wouldn’t have the first clue how to provide for themselves.
They’ll get whats coming during the zombie apocalypse.
We’ll be sitting here with our carrot gardens, and they’ll be like “WTF DO I EAT!?” and then the zombies will be like “Doesn’t matter, bro. I’m about to chow down on your noggin! omnomnom”
There is no single food chain.
The term “food chain” is used in the study of the many many natural ecological communities all over the planet.
Modern humans aren’t part of any natural ecological community.
If you take a step back and look at the big picture, modern humans are actually a glitched species.
We’re herbivorous primates that are spreading all over the planet and devouring everything, like a virus that is in the process of killing off its only remaining host.
Anyway… to answer your question:
Tell them to look up the term “food chain”.
If they can’t figure out what’s wrong with their statement after doing so, just skip em.
Because there are still so many meat eaters on the planet, it’s usually best to just skip the really dumb ones and instead put your time & effort into informing the ones who are actually capable of being informed.
There isn’t really a food chain. Remember the lion king. Mufasa said we eat eat the antelope and when we die we become the grass and antelope eat the grass. Circle of life right there.
Or think of it this way. Plants make food off of sunlight, herbivores eat plants, omnivores eat plants and animals, carnivores eat animals, bacteria and parasites host off animals, plants, etc. In the end decomposers seem to be at the top of the so called food chain. The waste of the decomposers feeds the plants minerals and the system starts all over. It’s like rock, paper, scissors. Hope I didn’t confuse you too much.
1. The food chain does not apply to an industrial age. We are not in nature, we hide away from it.
2. The food chain for a mostly biologically herbivorous race of homo sapien sapien would look like this: Humans -> plants.
3. Strength or intelligence doesn’t place you at the top of the food chain. Look at our relatives, the apes. Again, mostly herbivorous, but strong and smart enough to employ the use of tools and minor reasoning, as well as complex social norms.
4. If we’re at the top of the food chain, why is raw meat toxic to humans? Any animal naturally in the predator position will be able to consume its biologically inclined foodsource without extreme consequences, such as stroke/heart attack/cancer.
“Food chain” is not a term used by educators anymore, it is food web now because food is not so linear that animals simply eat what is below them. I have never actually seen a food web that includes humans so really there is no argument because there is no magical “food chain” telling us to eat animals.