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

Stopping Hunger Through Biotechnology

By 2050, the world population will surge to 9 Billion, and feeding that growing population is a challenge that drives the global biotech community every day. In a world where already 1 Billion people suffer from hunger, we cannot let up in our efforts to develop and implement new, more sustainable agricultural practices. That was the message of the February 12th event titled, “Now Serving: 9 Billion”, where a panel of international experts discussed biotechnology Read More >

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Expert Panel: Future of Ag Productivity Depends on Technology

An eminent panel of science and policy experts braved a historic blizzard today to identify solutions for the greatest agricultural challenges of all time.  The global dialogue comes in response to a final call for action from the late Nobel Laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug, to feed the world and improve the lives of farmers, all while preserving natural resources. “Now Serving: 9 Billion:  A Global Dialogue on Meeting Food Needs for the Next Generation” highlighted Read More >

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What exactly are the “risks” anyway?

Wired Magazine columnist Matt Ridley writes a piece for its February magazine that makes a strong case for the global adoption of biotechnology and criticizes the European Union for its “protectionist” policies regarding biotech products.  As with all protectionism, it is the consumer who suffers most. British groceries rose in price over the past few years while American groceries fell in price. A big reason is that British food producers are not allowed to use Read More >

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What is our Role in Enhancing Global Food and Energy Security?

The world’s population is projected to reach 9.1 billion by the middle of this century. Feeding that number of people – in addition to producing animal feed, fiber and biofuels – will require a 70 percent increase in overall agricultural production (and nearly a 100 percent increase in the developing world). – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) That’s why it’s important to understand two things:  1) biotechnology helps to meet a growing Read More >

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Plan Now to Participate: Dialogue on Global Challenges in Ag Productivity

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), along with BIO, the Council for Biotechnology Information and CropLife International, will host a special “Town Hall Meeting” to promote and discuss the release of CAST’s first publication of the new year, Agricultural Productivity Strategies for the Future: Addressing U.S. and Global Challenges (Issue Paper 45).  The event will take place on Friday, February 12 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Frank Sesno, George Washington University, prominent Read More >

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