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

Challenging Biotech’s Misperceptions

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. Bruce Chassy is a Professor in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Val Giddings (LVG) interviewed Chassy to get an academic’s perspective on the perceived controversies surrounding biotechnology: LVG:    Why is there still controversy about ag biotech after all these years? Chassy:   The science Read More >

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Consumer Resistance of Biotech is Only a “Perception”

BIO is in Chicago for the 2010 BIO International Convention.  Visit this space for updates direct from our food and ag sessions. By Val Giddings How Public Perception Affects Adoption of Technologies that Help Feed the World was the topic Wednesday afternoon of one of the liveliest panels we’ve seen in a while.  Moderated by Sally Squires (Weber Shandwick, former Washington Post writer), the panel included Margaret Zeigler (Congressional Hunger Center), Michael Specter (The New Read More >

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Genetically Modified Food and the Global Fight Against Hunger

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 The continued adoption rate of biotechnology-enhanced crops on farms around the globe is stunning and clear testimony to the value gained by each producer when making the decision on the type of seed they plant. The number of farmers choosing to produce genetically modified crops now exceeds 14 million. At Read More >

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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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