heliculture


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hel·i·cul·ture

 (hĕl′ĭ-kŭl′chər, hē′lĭ-)
n.
The science and occupation of growing snails for food.

[Blend of New Latin Helix, genus of spiral-shelled mollusks (from Greek helix, helic-, spiral; see helix) and culture.]

hel′i·cul′tur·al adj.
hel′i·cul′tur·al·ist n.
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The process of raising snails specifically for flesh, slime, eggs or other economic uses is known as heliculture. Very few individuals are making a fortune from snail farming, despite being a very lucrative venture with enormous benefits, huge market potential that still remains untapped both locally and internationally.
Heliculture, or scientific snail farming, is on the rise, according to Daou, with 500,000 tons of snails sold globally last year at an average of 4.5 euros per kilogram, with the number of snails sold expected to multiply by five within the next ten years.
Heliculture is on the rise, with 500,000 tons of snails sold globally last year…with the number of snails sold expected to multiply by five withinthe next ten years