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Life at the Top of a Food Chain

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food chainLife at the Top of a Food Chain

Every living thing has its place in the food chain. Producers or plants are at the bottom of the food chain and carnivores and omnivores like lions and human beings are at the top of the food chain. When something is at the top of the food chain, it means there are few, if any, natural predators that naturally hunt and eat it. While that may sound like a good thing, there are actually some problems with being at the top of a food chain. One of these problems is called biological magnification. That's a big term describing how poisons in our environment gather or accumulate up through the food chain and affect human beings and other animals. Learn more about biological magnification.