Author Archive: Karen Batra

Karen Batra

Karen Batra is Director of Food & Agriculture Communications, and has worked for BIO since 2008.   Having lived in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years, Karen has worked for four major national trade associations specializing in communications and media relations, most recently at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

What Karen likes best about BIO, aside from her uber-talented colleagues, is working to promote a technology that truly helps to heal, feed and fuel the world.  In the food & ag sector, we aim to help farmers do what they do best – grow the most abundant, most affordable and safest food supply in the world.

Karen’s favorite biotech food is papaya, and her favorite genetically engineered animal is the spidey-goat.  Karen also has two Glofish, Redfish and Bluefish, who live with their non-biotech cousin, Peachy the Snail.

Latest Posts

Biotech by the Numbers: 7 Billion, 3 Billion, and 150

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This week we’ve seen a lot of big numbers in the news headlines:  7 Billion, 3 Billion, and 150.  What is special about these numbers?  These three numbers actually tell a very compelling story about the importance of agricultural biotechnology. On Sunday, October 30, our world’s seventh billion person was born.  In the UK newspapers the Telegraph and the Independent, science editor Michael Hanlon explains the challenges facing “baby seven billion,” Manila’s Danica May Camacho. Read More >

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If Politics Trumps Science, Businesses Will Leave the U.S.

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The Anchorage Daily News ran an editorial authored by California Farmer and Alaska fisherman Ted Sheely about the still-pending approval of the genetically engineered salmon. Sheely says some politicians in Washington think they have identified a threat to the pristine Alaska wilderness. These members of Congress are trying to force the federal government to slow down or stop a technology company that has figured out a way to make salmon less expensive for ordinary consumers.  If they Read More >

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Want a less abundant and more expensive food supply? Rally against biotech

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As millions of Americans struggle during these tough economic times, one thing we don’t have to worry about is food. Because of the wonderful work of our farmers, ranchers and growers, people in the United States don’t have to worry about whether there’s enough to eat. A recent USDA study suggested that just six to seven percent of our paychecks goes to the grocery store. American consumers spend less for their groceries than virtually anybody Read More >

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No Tolerance for Eco-terrorism

Fred Perlak, Alan Gottlieb and Lorie Farrell wrote an article for the Growers for Biotechnology website in response to recent attacks on Hawaiian farms by anti-biotech activists. Perlak is president of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; Gottlieb is immediate past president of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council; Lorie Farrell is executive director of the Big Island Farm Bureau. This piece was also co-signed by Myrone Murakami, president of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation; and Rusty Perry, Read More >

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More on Organic Myths…

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When we featured an excerpt from Scientific American’s blogpost “Exploring the Myths of Organic vs. Conventional”, and linked to the full article, we received a LOT of feedback!  Thanks to everyone for their comments. Blogger Christie Wilcox apparently received a lot of mail about this post as well.  So much so, that Wilcox is staunchly defending her position with a more detailed explanation, complete with scientific cites and footnoted references to back up her claims.  Read More >

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