By Willie from Dallas, TX
Lilac- It is perfectly fine and safe to put in your grains to keep them pest free. Just make sure you are using food grade DE. I don't know what rice you are talking about that keeps for years, but I've seen brown rice at the store full of larvae. I've heard that brown rice keeps for about 6 months before going rancid.
Using FOOD GRADE only diatomaceous earth in food storage containers, bins etc has long been the preferred way to prevent the little bugs that are found naturally in many foods including all or most grains from eating and destroying the foods intended for human consumption.
When consumed by any animal eating the grain, the diatomaceous earth will kill worms and other
parasites in the body. Just be absolutely sure you use the Food Grade quality and not that intended for swimming pools etc.
To get the best and most comprehensive information on today's use of diatomaceous earth instead of harmful chemicals, check out this website. http://www.tuirosetips.com/de_introduction.php
Hope this helps you. I wouldn't keep house without it since we don't use bug sprays or the other harmful chemicals around our children and animals.
That stuff is not for eating. It is to kill bugs. Rice keeps for years and does not need to be preserved. If you are worried about bugs getting in it, put it in a bug proof container.
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