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

Why We’re Scared of GMOs (According to Someone Who Has Studied Them Since the Start)

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On the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, reporter Roberto Ferdman addresses the issue of perceptions about GMOs and biotechnology in food production. Ferdman spoke with Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University, who has been studying peoples’ aversion to GMOs ever since they were introduced in the late 1990s. Lusk likens the split to the disagreement that once existed between the scientific community and general public about climate change, but warns that it can be Read More >

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Ag Biotech at BIO’s International Convention: Telling Your Story

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The Food and Agriculture track sessions at the 2015 BIO International Convention kicked off on the morning of Tuesday, June 16, with a series of dynamic speakers and enlightening sessions. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood got things started introducing South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, BIO’s first Food and Ag Governor of the Year.  Governor Daugaard was recognized by BIO last September for his leadership and commitment to strengthening the agricultural and livestock biotechnology industries Read More >

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Genetic Engineering Helps Plants Survive In Drought

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The Sacramento Bee ran a timely op-ed about how technology can help farmers deal with environmental challenges such as drought. The author is Ted Sheely, a family farmer from Lemoore who grows cotton, tomatoes, wheat, pistachios, wine grapes and garlic. Sheely has been honored by the California Water Policy Conference with the Innovative Water Conservation Award: In this time of unprecedented drought, much attention has been focused on the use of water for farms to Read More >

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Skip the 1,000-Calorie Burrito and Chipotle’s Dishonest Food Snobbery

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For some reason, the news seems to be teeming with stories related to Chipotle’s announcement that it will stop serving foods containing GMO ingredients.  Bruce Horovitz described it in USA Today as “an industry breakthrough,” although Stephanie Strom is quick to point out in the New York Times: “Chipotle’s announcement does not mean that the restaurant will be entirely GMO-free. The company acknowledges that some of the soft drinks it sells are likely to contain Read More >

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Dr. Oz “Editing Down the Truth”

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On her Nurse Loves Farmer blog, Sarah Schultz discusses Dr. Oz’s recent broadcast criticizing pesticide use – glyphosate in particular – and Schultz discloses that she was asked by Oz producers to participate in that episode: “I will be completely honest that while I am so honored his producer reached out to me to talk a bit about agriculture, I was also hesitant because I know how Dr. Oz has showcased his opinions of agriculture Read More >

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