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

Cooking Light with Biotechnology

Today, as more and more people become interested in their health and having a healthy lifestyle, we are thinking more carefully about what we eat. Most people are probably aware that protein is an important part of their diet. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), “Most Americans eat enough food from this group, but need to make leaner and more varied selections of these foods.” One way to get lean protein is Read More >

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The Sustainability of Biotechnology

I was reading the blog post, Living Whole Through Sustainable Agriculture, when I came across the blog’s definition of sustainable agriculture: “Sustainable agriculture is not a singular approach to production agriculture, but rather a range of practices–a system– including: integrated pest management, organic farming, crop rotations, crop selection, planting practices that reduce soil erosion.” This needs a little clarification. Sustainable agriculture can certainly include organic farming, but it is not limited to organic cultivation techniques. Read More >

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The Truth About Biotech Crops

There have been some misconceptions floating around in the internet with regard to biotech crop opposition in Europe and Japan. To set the record straight, neither Europe nor Japan is opposed to biotech crops. Their approval processes may take longer than those in the United States, Canada, Australia, and many other countries, but Japan and many European countries are importing biotech food and feed products, and several European countries successfully grow biotech crops. This technology Read More >

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Biotechnology’s Role in the Fight Against World Hunger

As part of the Administration’s fight against world hunger, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined June 11th seven principles that support sustainable of agriculture in rural areas worldwide.   Speaking at the 2009 World Food Prize Announcement Ceremony (see “Ethiopian Scientist Named 2009 World Food Prize Laureate” below), Clinton said the issue of chronic hunger and food security is at the top of the Administration’s agenda. “The effects of chronic hunger cannot be overstated. Hunger is Read More >

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Ethiopian Scientist Named 2009 World Food Prize Laureate

The 2009 World Food Prize is awarded to Dr. Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia, whose sorghum hybrids resistant to drought and the devastating Striga weed have dramatically increased the production and availability of one of the world’s five principal grains and enhanced the food supply of hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Gebisa Ejeta will receive the $250,000 World Food Prize on October 15 at the Iowa State Capitol.  Ejeta entered Purdue in 1974, Read More >

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