Author: Charlyn Fargo

Charlyn Fargo spent 27 years at the State Journal-Register covering agriculture, business and food. She currently is the Bureau Chief of County Fairs & Horse Racing with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. She is also a Registered Dietitian and writes a weekly syndicated nutrition column for Creator’s News Service (www.creators.com) and is co-owner of Simply Fair, a fair trade boutique at 2357 W. Monroe in Springfield. She has bachelor’s degrees in agricultural communications and food from the University of Illinois, Champaign and a master’s degree in nutrition from Eastern Illinois University. She and her husband, Brad Ware, have a daughter, Kate, and son, Jayden. When she’s not working or writing, she enjoys baking cookies for Simply From Scratch, a company she formed to support faith-based ministries.

What’s next for GMO labeling?

By Charlyn Fargo Last week, the U.S. Senate rejected a voluntary labeling proposal for genetically modified ingredients. The rule would have established a national standard for labeling food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and would have preempted a patchwork approach of state laws mandating GMO labeling. The final vote was 12 votes short of…

The dangers of raw milk

By Charlyn Fargo I teach the ServSafe classes that allow restaurant workers to get their Food Managers license from the Illinois Department of Public Health. We talk about bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi that can make people sick from contamination. After taking the class, students wouldn’t recommend drinking raw milk. Milk is often pasteurized to…