Sample Paper on Why Carnivores Need Photosynthesis for Survival

The ecosystems have different organisms that depend on each other for survival. Carnivores are such organisms, and they are living organisms that obtain their nutrients and energy from hunting other living organisms. These animals hunt via scavenging and predation. Various insects and plants exhibit carnivorous traits that enable them to gain nutrients. According to Christa et al., carnivores are usually at the top of the food chain, and they are referred to as the apex predators (3). Typically, two categories of carnivores exist, and these are facultative and obligate carnivores. The latter feeds on animals’ flesh while former eat both animals and plants. Lions are examples of obligate carnivores because they only feed on animal flesh.

Carnivores immensely depend on photosynthesis for survival albeit not as directly as plants do. Photosynthesis is the biological process entails the capture of energy originating from sunlight and converting it into carbohydrates that sustain plants. While lions, apex predators, do not consume plants, they eat flesh and blood of the living organisms that do. As such, photosynthesis is a significant process because it ensures that the food chain does not break (Christa et al.

3). As mentioned, the main benefit that photosynthesis has for carnivores such as lions is that it ensures the availability of plants for consumption purposes. Christa et al. (3) further assert that without the process of photosynthesis organisms would die chronologically. The first to die would be the animals that depend on plants for survival.  Once the herbivores are eliminated, then the carnivores would follow because of the absence of food and nutrients for sustenance. Omnivores would also perish because of the lack of meat and vegetables.


Work Cited

Christa, Gregor, et al. “Switching Off Photosynthesis: The Dark Side of Sacoglossan            Slugs.” Communicative & Integrative Biology, vol . 7, no. 1, 2014, p. 3