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

On GE Animals, Taking Initiative through Guidance on Stewardship

BIO hosted a successful special session on August 20th where the first public presentation was made of the BIO Guidance on Genetically Engineered (GE) Animal Stewardship with 100 international scientists and government officials in the audience of the 7th Transgenic Animal Conference, Tahoe, Calif. Why is a stewardship program important to those working in research and development with GE animals? Stewardship is the initiative and processes undertaken by product developers in industry, academia and other Read More >

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Tools in the 21st Century Tool Box: “Hot Science” on GE Animals

Today’s program at the 7th Transgenic Animal Research Conference in Tahoe, Calif., hit the “hot science”, as one researcher from Germany noted during lunch. The research on genetically engineered (GE) animals will reap huge dividends in societal benefits to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. I was particularly impressed by the Chinese researchers from State Key Lab of Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing. In 2001 they began studying six different genes in GE cattle which Read More >

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Scientists Enthusiastic About Potential for Genetically Engineered Animals

“We have the first approval in the United States – I see so many exciting things coming in the future from GE (genetically engineered) animals – now is our time” urged a scientist attending the 7th Transgenic Animal Research Conference in Tahoe, Calif., August 17-21. There are compelling benefits from the research and development of GE animals for society such as advancing human health, improving foods, enhancing animal welfare and reducing the environmental footprint of Read More >

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The Perfect Storm or Opportunity? Creating Global Food Security and Public Health Benefits Requires Food and Agricultural Research

Research on agriculture and food production is one of the foundations of modern society. According to one of my colleagues, it’s a proven fact that people who eat food live longer than people who do not. Just about everyone knows that a balanced diet can lead to better health. In the United States, we take our food – and all those benefits – for granted. We expect that our food will be easily available, safe, Read More >

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Terminating the Myth—Setting the Record Straight

I was scrolling through a list of blogs that mention genetically modified (GM) foods when a post caught my eye. The post was on a blog called, “Jesus Lives,” and the author of the post, “Prophecy News Watch.” I’m always pleased to see groups discussing GM foods, however I think it’s important to get the facts right, particularly when I came to the following paragraph, “There are other issues — the question of the introduction Read More >

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