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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2007, 08:50 GMT
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In the first of a five part series, food writer Stefan Gates explores some of the most controversial food issues and dangerous places in the world.

ARCTIC CIRCLE

Stefan in the Arctic with an Inuit
Sunday 6 May 2007
1900 BST BBC Two
Repeated: Sunday, 24 June at 0100 BST on BBC Four

In one of the harshest climates of the planet, 500 miles inside the Arctic Circle, Stefan travels to the town of Igloolik where he discovers people still hunting whale and seal.

He goes on a 10-day hunting trip with his Inuit guide Theo, and is forced to put aside any qualms about the hunting of seals and whales as Theo explains their cultural importance.

It may taste like diesel but the local delicacy "muktuk" or raw whale skin is essential to Inuit survival in these most extreme conditions. Stefan even develops a taste for raw seal meat, but an 18-month-old rotten walrus carcass proves to be a culinary step too far.

He also discovers that global warming is threatening the Inuit way of life. Temperatures in the Arctic are rising four times as fast as in the rest of the world, making hunting increasingly dangerous.

Stefan experiences this first hand when their boat gets stuck in the ice leaving them stranded on an island for days. The race is then on to get back to dry land before they are trapped in the ice for the winter.


Producer: Marc Perkins
Executive producer: Will Daws

SOUTH KOREA

Producer Alex Mackintosh films Stefan who has been served dog meat in a restaurant
Sunday 6 May 2007
1900 BST on BBC Two
Repeated: Sunday, 24 June at 0100 BST on BBC Four

Is there anything wrong with eating dogs?

Stefan visits a farm where over 2,000 dogs are raised for their meat.

He also picks up a few recipes from "Dr Dogmeat" and hears allegations that dogs are tortured to death.

But when it comes to the crunch, will he tuck in?


Producer: Alex Mackintosh
Executive producer: Will Daws



SEE ALSO
Country profile: South Korea
20 Apr 06 |  Country profiles
Hunting in the Arctic wilderness
17 Oct 06 |  Programmes
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