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

How Biotechnology is Helping Farmers and the Environment

Did you know…Farmers who use biotech crops help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural practices? In 2007, this was equivalent to removing 14.2 billion kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or equal to removing nearly 6.3 million cars from the road for one year.  In the light of ongoing world food security, agricultural sustainability and climate change debates, PG Economics has released three summary documents of the yield, income and environmental Read More >

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Biotechnology for Sustainability

On the Tomorrow’s Table blog, Kent J. Bradford, Professor of Plant Sciences and Academic Director of the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis, serves as guest blogger and takes issue with the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), an organization that manages the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Specifically, Bradford says CUESA developed sustainable agriculture guidelines which include build and conserve soil fertility, conserve water and protect water quality, protect air Read More >

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Environmentalist Calls Biotech “the world’s dominant engineering tool”

Marketplace did an interview on October 26th with Stuart Brand, original founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue, which offered readers a vision of returning to the land in order to live sustainably. Brand has recently published a new book, The Whole Earth Discipline, which tackles climate change using a somewhat different tone, and gives eloquent praise to biotech agriculture. According to Brand, a lifelong environmentalist who sees everything in terms of solvable design problems, three Read More >

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WORLD FOOD DAY 2009: Agricultural Biotechnology’s Fight Against Hunger

Hundreds of major media outlets covered the October 15th speech given by Bill Gates’ at the annual World Food Prize Forum in Des Moines, in which Gates makes the case for biotechnology and other modern agricultural practices in the fight to end world hunger. According to Reuters, Gates said the fight to end hunger is being hurt by environmentalists who insist that genetically modified crops cannot be used in Africa. “Some people insist on an Read More >

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“Politics, Not Science” Holding Back Europe’s Farmers

This week Truth About Trade and Technology (TATT) is hosting its fourth Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable in Des Moines, Iowa, during the World Food Prize and Borlaug Symposium.  As part of the annual roundtable events, TATT announces the winner of its annual Kleckner Trade and Technology Advancement Award.  Established in 2007 in honor of Dean Kleckner, the founder and chairman of Truth About Trade and Technology, this year’s award honors Irish grower Jim McCarthy.  Below Read More >

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