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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

New Salmon Can Address a Myriad Of Problems

By Elliot Entis, co-founder of AquaBounty Technologies (From The Hill, Friday, October 8, 2010)  Natural fish stocks have been so depleted in the past few decades that more than half of the salmon we consume here in the United States comes to us from “fish farming,” 97 percent of which is imported. That’s because we consume highly-desirable fish like salmon at least twice as fast as it can reproduce in the wild. In 1993, AquaBounty, Read More >

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Don’t Be Afraid of “Frankenfish”

The Wall Street Journal ran on September 23, 2010, an op-ed authored by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood about FDA’s pending approval of a genetically engineered salmon.  This salmon can help meet the growing demand for protein-rich food without depleting wild fish stocks. Right now, the government is deciding whether it’s safe for us to eat genetically engineered salmon. The fish, called AquAdvantage, is being developed by a Massachusetts biotech firm and is in Read More >

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Science Advisory Board Has Rigorous Discussion on GE Salmon

FDA Approval Could Pave the Way for Future Science-based Technologies  As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rigorous, scientific regulatory review governing genetically engineered (GE) animal technologies, the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) hosted a rigorous discussion about a GE salmon on September 19-21.  The AquAdvantage® Salmon is genetically engineered to reach its market weight in half the time of conventionally raised salmon thus contributing to more sustainable aquaculture systems.  It was Read More >

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Modified Salmon Is Safe, FDA Says

Hundreds of media outlets reported on the analysis and other materials related to the AquAdvantage salmon that was released by FDA September 3. Mainstream media coverage included articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Denver Post, Discover Magazine and CNN, which also posted an online video news clip. A salmon genetically engineered to grow quickly is safe to eat and poses little risk to the environment, the Food and Drug Administration Read More >

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Modern Farming: America’s Wisest Energy Investment

Be sure to read Stephen Budiansky’s opinion piece in the August 19th New York Times.  Budiansky dispels a number of the myths associated with the “virtues” of locally-grown foods and applauds our modern American agriculture system.  Whether you prefer biotech, conventional or organic production, you can’t argue that our country serves up the safest, most abundant, affordable and efficient food supply in the world.  Agriculture accounts for just 2 percent of our nation’s energy usage; Read More >

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