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Fast times at snail farm: four tons produced per month

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A worker prepares to put snails (Helix Aspersa) on their panels in a farm near Choachi. Colombia Husband and wife team Armando and Mariela Rey own Colombia's largest snail farm, exporting the bulk of their 200,000 snails - or four tons - monthly production to Canada. The gourmet snails are processed using a French cooking technique and some are sold locally to Colombian restaurants.

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A worker washes panels where snails (Helix Aspersa) are fed in the farm.

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Snails feed on their panels at the farm.

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Snail shells of the Helix Aspersa variety wait to be washed.

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Workers prepare the meat of snails, cooked and packed in their shells .

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A retired couple in Colombia has turned their plant eaters into a thriving business that exports four tons of snail meat a month to Europe. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.