Fresh water Diatomaceous Earth is used in agriculture for grain storage as an anticaking agent, as well as an insecticide.
- Filters and purifies water.
- Used as an anticaking agent, as well as an insecticide.
- It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a feed additive to prevent caking.
- Some believe it may be used as a natural anthelmintic (dewormer), although studies have not shown it to be effective. Some farmers add it to their livestock and poultry feed to prevent the caking of feed.”Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth” is widely available in agricultural feed supply stores.
- Freshwater diatomite can be used as a growing medium in hydroponic gardens.
- It is also used as a growing medium in potted plants, particularly as bonsai soil.
- Bonsai enthusiasts use it as a soil additive, or pot a bonsai tree in 100% diatomaceous earth. In vegetable gardening it is sometimes used as a soil conditioner, because like perlite, vermiculite, and expanded clay, it retains water and nutrients, while draining fast and freely, allowing high oxygen circulation within the growing medium.
Source: DrAxe, https://draxe.com/diatomaceous-earth/