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food chain Line breaks: food chain

Definition of food chain in English:


1A series of organisms each dependent on the next as a source of food.
Example sentences
  • The press initially fingered Asian restaurants as a likely source of this pollution of our food chain.
  • What makes you so confident that the silver iodide will stay out of the food chain and not affect the environment?
  • A huge hit to the base of the food chain should ripple up through fish and seabirds.
1.1 informal A hierarchical system or structure within a particular sphere or group: a small paper toward the bottom of the journalistic food chain
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  • The people down the food chain in the financial services sector are (mostly) as disgusted with this swinish behavior as anyone.
  • Families suffer when someone takes up public life, and the higher up the food chain that person gets, the greater the pressure on the family.
  • This blog is nearly two years old so maybe it is time it took a step up the food chain.
2The series of processes by which food is grown or produced, sold, and eventually consumed: they have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that no contaminated products enter the food chain
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  • Help us explore the question: Can still more regulations make the food chain safer for our health and for our environment?
  • The market for local foods needs more farmers and entrepreneurs to create other missing components of the food chain.
  • Some of the most isolated, passive, and depressed farmers are dairy farmers, whose only role in the food chain is the production of raw fluid milk.

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