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Ecology

The study of how living things interact with their surroundings. For example, an ecologist may study how a plant operates in different types of soil or whether or not bacteria thrive in various environs. Ecology is important in sustainable development to ensure that an action does not irreparably harm an environment.
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Legal provisions generally compel food businesses to establish a system to trace all animals, foods, or elements of foods back one step and forward one step in the food chain.
Responding to Ms Creagh's claims, the FSA said: "Horses which have been treated with phenylbutazone or 'bute' are not allowed to enter the food chain.
The bulls sired 100 cows at the farm, whose milk has not entered the food chain, Highland Council said.
The agency believed two other cows were being kept as part of dairy herds but it had been unable to confirm if their milk had entered the food chain.
The warning comes from the English Beef and Lamb Executive following reports that since the changes to the Over Thirty Month rule in November, 41 animals that were born prior to August 1996 have been presented for food chain use.
Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Woodland Hills, tried unsuccessfully last year to change state law and allow counties to ban the sale of anticoagulant poisons, but she is working to develop new rules aimed at keeping anticoagulants out of the food chain.
As with pollutants, the toxins from these blooms are concentrated as they move up the food chain, but they can also cause human health problems through skin and aerosol contact.
This, combined with policy changes advised by the National Fire Brigade over recent years, means that composite panelling has become more of a threat to food chain businesses than an advantage.
Fast food chain McDonald's in a few weeks will use Jamaican beef exclusively in its operations here, reports CANA (April 5, 2001).
Thirty years ago, Frances Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet was a clarion call to eat lower on the food chain.
In temperate climates, dioxin enters the food chain through animal food crops and appears in milk and beef.
Eventually you will come to the highest animal on the food chain (the meat-eating animal).