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Grow Edible Snails to supplement Caldas Nutrition

Protein deficiency due to poverty is a root cause of malnutrition in Caldas. Edible snails can be grown locally as a cheap protein source.

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Protein deficiency due to poverty is a root cause of malnutrition in Caldas. Edible snails can be grown locally as a cheap protein source.

Snail meat contains protein, fat(mainly polyunsaturated fatty acid), iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamins A, B6, B12, K and folate. It also contains the amino acids arginine and lysine at higher levels than in whole egg. It also contains healthy essential fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acids. The high-protein, low-fat content of snail meat makes it a healthy alternative food.

Snail Pie and other prepared snail delicacies could be sold at local grocery stores to help ease snails into the local cuisine!

Concept Team: Irune Gonzalez Cruz, Sarah Fathallah, Sean Bunjamin, Johan Lofstrom

Farming Snails 1: Learning about Snails; Building a Pen; Food and Shelter Plants
Farming Snails 2: Choosing Snails; Care and Harvesting; Further Improvement

How do you envision this idea making money?

Local Caldas entrepreneurs can be encouraged and trained to start an edible snail business.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

This is a cheaper way of adding protein to the Caldas diet

How does this idea add social value at every step of the process?

Growing edible snails simultaneously provides a livelihood and improves nutrition

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

Start a pilot edible snail farm in Caldas
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ATTACHMENTS

ancient-and-modern-maya-exploitation-of-the-jute-snail-pachychilus.pdf

Ancient and Modern Maya Exploitation of the Jute Snail (Pachychilus)

abomosu-snail-farmers.pdf

MICRO-CREDIT AS AN INSTRUMENT TO PROMOTE INDIGENOUS FOOD RESOURCES IN GHANA

food-based-strategy-to-improve-iron-status-of-pregnant-women-in-nigeria.pdf

Food-based strategy to improve iron status of pregnant women in Nigeria

snail-farming-manual.pdf

Snail Farming Manual

free-range-snail-farming.pdf

Free-range Snail Farming in Australia

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The key to a very 'radical' eating habit is to introduce a new trend. I love snails grilled or deep fried on stick, dipped in hot sauce. That's how we eat it in Indonesia.

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