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

Biotech Could Play a Big Role in Saving the Planet

New Scientist magazine carried a story in its September “Blueprint for a Better World” edition about how ag biotech can help grow enough food for our ever-expanding population (by 2040 there could well be 9 billion people on the planet) and do it without wreaking more havoc on the planet. Experimental crop plants that use nitrogen more efficiently provide the same yields as normal crops with less fertiliser. Such crops could reduce both nitrous oxide Read More >

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BIO Salutes Norman E. Borlaug, Father of “Green Revolution”

Nobel Laureate Used Biotechnology and Modern Farming Practices to Combat World Hunger Norman E. Borlaug, American geneticist and plant pathologist who lead a global agricultural transformation through his research and advocacy for modern farming practices, died Saturday, September 12th in Dallas. Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) issued the following statement in tribute to Dr. Borlaug: “On behalf of BIO and its members, we offer our condolences to the Borlaug Read More >

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America’s Food Crisis: Time Magazine Has No Clue

How disappointing to read Bryan Walsh’s uninformed and inaccurate article (“America’s Food Crisis and How to Fix It,” August 31, 2009).  Not only is he clueless as to what sustainable agriculture is, he doesn’t even get organic right.  Organic is defined in U.S. law and regulations and does allow the use of chemicals (yes, they tend to be “natural” chemicals, but they are still chemicals.)   Sustainable agriculture also is defined in U.S. law, and the Read More >

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“The Ultimate Pig”

The 7th Transgenic Animal Conference held this week in Tahoe, Calif. came to a close today. But not before the “buzz” was felt about the advances in the area of genetic engineering (GE) of pigs for advancing human health. Researchers from Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and the United States astounded the over 100 scientists in the audience with their findings on GE pigs. GE pigs are successfully being studied that will serve as animal models for Read More >

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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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