Assume a human requires 2000 calories per day. How much daily energy input is required at the producer level to support the carnivorous diet?
- cmac'mLv 51 month ago
The flow of energy through the ecosystem is part of the food web, each position a organism occupies is called a trophic level.
About 10% of the energy is transferred through each trophic level contributing to biomass production of the next organism.
1. Primary production- plants take energy mostly from the sun --1000 calories
2. Herbivores eat the primary producers(plants)--100 calories
3. CARNIVORES eat the herbivores-- 10 calories
4. Apex predators eat other carnivores-- 1 calorie
So we can say the minimum daily energy input required at the producer level to support a (100%) carnivorous diet is 200,000 calories.
That is assuming an all meat diet--which is the definition of a carnivorous diet.