• Question: why doesn't the energy from the plants go in to the animals that eat it?

    Asked by amylouisexoxo to Akram, David, Gill, Jack, laurenceharwood on 16 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Jack Snape

      Jack Snape answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      It does… 🙂 that’s how the animals have energy to live, breathe and move around!

      Food (like plants) has chemical energy that our bodies can convert into kinetic and heat energy that allow us the move and keep warm.

      Hope that answers your question 🙂

    • Photo: Akram Alomainy

      Akram Alomainy answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      It does and also that’s how we get energy to move, run, cook, fight and also answer questions on ‘I’m a scientist’ that we hope you are enjoying and finding useful 😉

    • Photo: Laurence Harwood

      Laurence Harwood answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      A jack says – it does!! The plants have converted their energy into starches, sugars, fats and proteins and these are what we digest. Plants are the basis of all food chains as they are the way the energy of the sun’s rays is trapped in the biosphere (and as they do it they absorb carbon dioxide – good – and give out oxygen – also good). Animals then eat the plants and convert plant material into their bodies and many animals are in turn eaten by other animals. Some animals – such as humans – eat both plants and animals (unless they choose to be vegetarians). We are called omnivores (eaters of everything) and you can tell that by looking at our teeth. Our back teeth are flat for griding plant food and our fron teeth are either like blades or pointed (for cutting ans slashing flash). I hope I haven’t gone too far off the subject!

    • Photo: Gill Menzies

      Gill Menzies answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      Finding it hard to top the answers already given – I agree – it does, and that’s how we grow. You know the saying – you are what you eat…..True!!