Review Ch. 5 of Visualizing Environmental Science . Then, complete Appendix C. Identify the fruit or vegetable you selected and relate the second law of thermodynamics to the changes in energy observed in Appendix C. How did the amount of energy gained compare to the amount of energy lost as heat at the second through fourth trophic levels? Considering the amount of energy required to produce animal-based foods and goods, should humans change their habits to consume products closer to the bottom of the food chain, because it is more efficient? … I have been looking at this Excel spreadsheet and looking at Figure 5-6 in the chapter, and it would seem to me that not enough is taken into account here………. Like carbohydrates…. . Carbohydrates convert glucose into energy. There is no way of calculating how much energy will be produced from the carbs or lack thereof in the foods we are testing in this formula. There simply aren’t enough variables to go on However!!! Plants have seasons, not everything is available all the time. Fresh produce can get expensive….
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