Producers, consumers, predators and prey:
Look at the food chain - what part do they play?
Did you grow the things that went onto your plate?
And who grew the food which for breakfast you ate?
If that fruit in your fruit dish first grew upon trees,
Who checked that the fruit trees were free of disease?
Who grew your potatoes and who grew your wheat?
And who made the bread and the cakes that you eat?
Although farmers and bakers must all play their part,
There were other things needed right from the start,
For plants will not grow without help from the sun,
And a life without water would not be much fun.
Plants also need food if they are to grow.
Well, ask any gardeners - they, surely will know.
Although they get nutrients straight from the sky,
Without care and attention the plants might well die.
The sun warms the soil and the rain helps the seed.
Soon roots search the ground for things that they need.
When the growing is finished, the farmer arrives
And that is the end of their short growing lives.
From the farm the food then will be taken away
And consumers will eat it quite often next day.
When you go to the shops, please look all around.
So much that you see has come fresh from the ground.
A producer could also be a baker or cook,
So go to your bakery and have a good look.
The cakes and those pies - who made all these?
The baker, of course for he tries hard to please.
The consumer’s the one who then sits down to eat
The vegetables, bread, the fish and the meat.
For us, many things will have come from a shop
And we’re lucky - our place in the chain’s at the top.
Wild animals hunt for the meat that they eat.
They can’t buy their food from the shops on the street.
Their mothers and fathers have taught them to kill,
And they wouldn’t live long without learning this skill.
The predators kill and their kill is their prey.
Wild meat-eaters kill for their food every day.
We all work together for the food that we eat –
Oh excuse me right now for I must buy my meat.
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