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.

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Exploring the Myths of Organic vs. Conventional

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Scientific American’s “Science Sushi” blog looks at common myths around organic and mainstream agriculture.  Blogger Christie Wilcox says upfront that there are some definite upsides and benefits that come from many organic farming methods.  But organic foods cost up to three times as much as those produced by conventional methods, and people are shelling out their hard-earned cash for what they believe are the best foods available. So Wilcox looks at organic’s four most common Read More >

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Biotech for Now, and for the Future

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Written by Scott Swenson – Scott Swenson is a wheat grower from Elbow Lake, Minnesota, and Chairman, National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates Joint Biotechnology Committee.  He was a panelist on our Food & Ag Media Breakfast at the 2011 BIO International Convention panel titled, “WINNING THE FUTURE:  Does U.S. Ag Policy Support or Discourage Innovation?” on June 29. Did you know that biotechnology in plants saves fuel and machinery usage by Read More >

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Understanding Biotechnology and Food Safety

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Since the first biotech crop was commercialized in 1996, some food activists have raised uncertainty about whether or not biotech crops are as safe as conventional crops.  As the use of agricultural biotechnology increases globally (currently biotech crops are preferred by more than 15 million growers in 29 countries), people need to be better informed about food production, so they can form opinions based on facts, not fear.  Producing Safe Food for Nearly Two Decades Read More >

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Approps Amendment Sets a Dangerous Precedent

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A number of media outlets including the New York Times reported on the June 15 vote on the House floor to deny funding for authorization of the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon. In response, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood admonished the action for setting a dangerous and inappropriate precedent. “This amendment does a grave disservice to our Government’s science-based regulatory system. President Obama has called for America to lead on new technologies so as to Read More >

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Face of a “Giant Agribusiness”

The Huffington Post ran on May 13 a very articulate piece authored by Minnesota corn farmer Noah Hultgren:  According to some, I am a giant agribusiness — the worst kind of factory farmer. What qualifies me for this dubious distinction? Nothing except that, based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) figures, my farm falls in the biggest six percent of U.S. farms. And these farms account for the bulk of federal farm policy support. It Read More >

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