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 Papaya Sells Itself

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. Ken Kamiya is a Papaya Grower in Hawaii, the former head of the Hawaii Papaya growers association.  He has  first-hand experience of the benefits of ag biotech.  Val Giddings (LVG) interviewed Kamiya to get an idea of how things look through the eyes of a small farmer. LVG:  Tell us about yourself and Read More >

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“It’s the Economy, stupid”

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. “It’s the Economy, stupid” by Val Giddings and Jens Katzek It is said that President Bill Clinton used this sentence, when focusing his campaign staff: “It’s the economy, stupid!” This sentence came to mind during a session exploring the wheat market and the potential impact that genetic engineering might have, in a BIO Read More >

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To Find a Drop of Water in Lake Michigan

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. New GM Crops and Their Asynchronous Approval: Implications for International Trade By Jens Katzek No-one seriously doubts that global trade is an essential of the wealth created over the last forty years in countries we used to number in the “third world.” They are today some of the most powerful economies on earth. Read More >

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Consumer Support Is Within Reach in Race for Better Food Supply

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. By Randy Krotz Producing a better and more abundant food supply is nothing new to the agricultural biotech industry. For more than a decade, producers around the globe have increasingly put the powerful first generation biotech traits to work in major row crops.  These traits have provided insect protection and herbicide tolerance to Read More >

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Science vs Brainwashing – Climate change a challenge also for plant breeding

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. By Jens Katzek Policy decisions should be made on the basis of three principles:  Science, science and  – no surprise – science. This was the primary take home message from the “Leadership Summit on Climate Change” on Monday afternoon May, 3rd. The speakers came from a thrilling mix different experiences. Roger Beachy, now Read More >

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