Snail Prices Shell-Shock French

Booming Eastern Europe having to pay harvesters better
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2008 11:12 AM CDT
The majority of snails served in France actually originate in Eastern Europe, but economic development there is threatening to raise prices in France.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The French may soon be shelling out big bucks for the 14,000 tons of snails it consumes annually. Most actually originate in Eastern Europe, where growing economic development means rural families aren’t as willing to take up the demanding task of snail-gathering without better wages. And that, reports the BBC, will likely mean the end of cheap escargot for the French.