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Blood, Sweat and Takeaways - Tuna


When it comes to food, we are spoilt for choice. From top class restaurants to low cost supermarkets, we take it for granted that we can buy whatever food we want, whenever we want it. But would we feel the same if we knew the human cost of food production? Six typical young British food consumers go to live and work alongside the millions of people in south east Asia's food production industries. They must catch, harvest and process food products that we eat every day, seeing behind the scenes of the tuna, prawns, rice and chicken industries for the very first time. They eat, sleep and live with food workers in the poorest regions of Indonesia and Thailand, surviving on the same wages. The average wage for food workers here is around three pounds a day. To begin with, the Brits tackle Indonesia's tuna industry in Bitung on the island of Sulawesi. In the UK, we consume over a billion tins of tuna a year and Bitung's canneries supply to many British supermarkets and sandwich chains. The Brits live with tuna workers in basic communities, endure 90-degree heat in the canneries and struggle with the harsh realities of life on a traditional wooden tuna boat in the western Pacific. The extreme conditions affect them all in many different ways, as do the hand to mouth existence of the workers they live with.

Broadcasts

  • 2009-07-27 22:35:00 - 2009-07-27 23:35:00 on BBC One Oxford, BBC One South East, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Scotland, BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One North East, BBC One North West, BBC One West, BBC One South West, BBC One South, BBC One London, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One East, BBC One East Midlands,
  • 2009-07-27 23:05:00 - 2009-07-28 00:05:00 on BBC One Wales,
  • 2009-07-29 23:45:00 - 2009-07-30 00:45:00 on BBC One Northern Ireland,

Credits

  • Executive Producer Mark Rubens
  • Executive Producer Tim Quicke
  • Director James Christie-Miller
  • Producer James Christie-Miller
  • Executive Producer Mark Rubens
  • Executive Producer Tim Quicke
  • Director James Christie-Miller
  • Producer James Christie-Miller