Autotrophs are self feeding organisms, autotrophs produce organic compounds using its surroundings. Most commonly by the means of light, this process is known as photosynthesis. These organisms are producers on the food chain and provide the consumers with energy. Autotrophs can produce organic compounds such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Autotrophs can survive by self-nutrition, most plants, certain bacteria and protists can be classified as autotrophs. The image shown shows a plant, the most basic example of a common autotroph. This plant utilizes sunshine to convert organic compounds for energy use.