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

Academicsreview.org Answers Anti-Biotech Claims

A new website, Academics Review, scientifically examines claims against biotech foods made by food activist Jeffrey Smith. Founders Bruce Chassy, Ph.D., professor of food microbiology and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. David Tribe, Ph.D., senior lecturer in food science, food safety, biotechnology and microbiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, authored a point-by-point scientific analysis of Smith’s claims, which is posted on the site. Reliable information is extremely important Read More >

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National Academy of Sciences Says Genetic Engineering Could Save Florida’s Oranges

Genetic engineering holds great potential for resisting the threat of diseases that have recently devastated Florida’s citrus industry, according to a report released this week by the National Academy of Sciences. Since its discovery in 2005, citrus greening disease has spread to nearly every orange-growing county in Florida, carried by an invasive relative of the aphid, the Asian citrus psyllid. The bacterial disease has already cut the state’s orange juice production by several percentage points, Read More >

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Ag’s Environmental Progress is Facilitated by Biotech Crops

A recent report released by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) examines the impact of biotechnology on the ability of farmers to improve their environmental performance. According to the CTIC, farmers will need to feed 9 billion people by 2040 with a shrinking base of soil, air, and quality water resources. The CTIC, which began in the mid-1980’s as a resource for farmers to learn about crop production with no-till and reduced tillage, has become Read More >

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Is India’s Government an Obstacle to Economic Progress?

The Wall Street Journal ran another opinion piece on March 8 on the continuing biotech eggplant controversy.  This time, Mr. Gurcharan Das, author and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India, writes “despite 18 years of economic reform. If anything holds India back from realizing its true potential, it is weak institutions of governance.” Nowhere is this heartbreaking truth clearer than in the tale of Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company. The development of biotech eggplant was Read More >

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Why Is India Shunning Safer Food?

The Wall Street Journal’s Asia edition published an opinion piece on March 3 authored by C. Kameswara Rao on the ongoing debate in India over biotech eggplant.  Mr. Rao is the Executive Secretary of the Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education in Bangalore. Rao writes, “One thing’s for sure: The moratorium on genetically modified eggplant wasn’t a decision based on science…There’s a certain irony that while this week the European Union overcame over a decade Read More >

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