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

Cutting Through the Food Labeling Confusion

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There was a lot of media buzz around a Consumer Reports study released yesterday that shows confusion around foods labeled “natural.” We agree that food labels can be confusing.  And that’s why we are part of a coalition of farm-to-fork organizations that support a federal legislative solution that will protect consumers by eliminating confusion around food labels while advancing food safety. In addition to requiring federal standards for companies that want to voluntarily label their Read More >

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The Washington Post: Are Patents the Problem?

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Tamar Haspel, food columnist for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of seed patents in her October column: If you’re at the right party — a party populated by agriculture wonks — the issue of patenting living organisms might get more of a rise than either religion or politics, demonstrating both that patenting is a hot issue and that agriculture wonks aren’t much of a hit at parties (trust me on this one). A Read More >

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Herbicides and 2, 4-D: Cutting Through the Controversy

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A number of media outlets reported on last week’s decision by the USDA to approve the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the herbicide known as 2, 4-D. Farmers and growers, anxious for new tools in the ever-evolving fight against weeds, have been long awaiting the approval. The American Soybean Association, for example, issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now Read More >

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Scientific Community Urges Obama to Support Biotechnology

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A number of media outlets are reporting today on a letter to President Obama urging approval for the genetically engineered AquAdvantage® Salmon and for more support for the innovative solutions that animal biotechnology can provide. Ninety scientists and biotechnology executives signed the letter asking the President to alleviate the political gridlock that has entangled the fish for years. The AquAdvantage® Salmon, genetically engineered to reach market size in half the time of a conventional Atlantic Read More >

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GMO Labeling: a Debate for the Well-Fed

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BIO wanted to bring to your attention a great piece by Dr. Richard Raymond, former USDA undersecretary for food safety and scheduled keynoter at this month’s BIO Livestock Biotech Summit. Dr. Raymond wrote for the Feedstuffs Foodlink blog a commentary on the push to source non-GM products and the drive for mandatory labeling: Ben & Jerry’s, which dishes out pricey ice cream, long ago made the claim that its products are made with milk from cows that were not Read More >

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