at the bottom of the food chain

at the bottom of the food chain

At or occupying the position of least importance or influence in a social, corporate, or political hierarchy. As an intern, you're always at the bottom of the food chain, so be prepared to do whatever anyone else tells you to do.
See also: bottom, chain, food, of
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The program aims to impact and benefit the small, poor farmers and farm workers, particularly women, who labor at the bottom of the food chain.
And if the meals for those down at the bottom of the food chain was dire there was also the problem of poorly ventilated Kitchens and sleeping in airless cupboards.
We understand that plants are at the bottom of the food chain but we sometimes forget that plants would not exist if they didn't have this close relationship with bees.
Preserving animals at the bottom of the food chain maintains the rest of the animals in the chain," a statement from the Green Party said.
It has to do with the fact that CITU, the CPM- backed trade union, finds itself at the bottom of the food chain, so to speak.
Dispersants also make oil droplets small enough that they are bioavailable to microscopic organisms at the bottom of the food chain.
When you're at the bottom of the food chain all you can do is keep asking and keep sticking your hand out.
It is also at the bottom of the food chain, so whatever goes into the river in terms of contaminant is a danger.
In giving a forthright, first-person account of working at the bottom of the food chain, McMillan hopes to shock--and that she does.
We are at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to transfers because of finances.
At the bottom of the food chain, they drift waiting to be eaten by tiny shrimp that would then be gobbled by small fish, and on up to humankind's seafood restaurants.
Nothing has escaped man's greed - not the mighty swordfish or the myriad creatures at the bottom of the food chain.
As with countless other industries built on labour in developing countries, workers like him are at the bottom of the food chain.
It's one rule for those at the top and another for the rest of the people at the bottom of the food chain.