This is Sally. She's a heterotroph, meaning she gets her food from organisms. One of her favorite foods is salad
After a long day of running and using energy, Sally was tired AND hungry
...So Sally decided to tend to her garden, which was filled with really great plants for salads. She picked the plants she needed and went into inside to make and eat her salad. But she had a question she could not answer.
Since I'm getting my food from these plants, where are they getting their food from?
Sally decided to turn award winning scientist Bill Nye for answers
Plants get their food from a process called photosynthesis in which plants produce sugars from H2O & CO2 using the energy absorbed by sunlight through chlorophyll into the chloroplasts located at the top of the leaves
Plants do this because they are autotrophs meaning they're organisms who make their own food, or producers.
Sally was fascinated by the process of photosynthesis, the process which gives plants their food
The plants produce sugars, known as glucose from this process. They also produce oxygen as a waste product that goes into the atmosphere which we later breathe.
6H2O + 6CO2 + light energy-->C6H12O6 + 6O2
The next day, Sally went to lunch with her friend, Sammy and told her about the T.V. she had watched yesterday
On the Bill Nye show, I learned that plants get their food from photosynthesis!
Wow that's so cool! But, if plants get their food from photosynthesis, how do we get our food?