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

CONVENTION UPDATE: GE Animals Challenges and Solutions

By Val Giddings The emerging field of genetically engineered (GE) animals faces challenges and opportunities for success. At BIO’s International Convention, this session took a look at some of the current and future challenges.  Greg Jaffe, Director of the Biotechnology Project for Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) was invited to participate in the panel discussion as CSPI has always been supportive of animal biotechnology, but emphatic that an appropriate regulatory system be Read More >

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CONVENTION UPDATE: Agricultural Biotechnology – Providing Economic and Environmental Benefits

By Michael J. Phillips Further evidence was provided at BIO 2009 on the many benefits of agricultural biotechnology.  Graham Brookes, Director of PG Economics (UK) released key findings from its Global Impact Study that showed that farmers around the world are growing more biotech crops with significant global economic and environmental benefits. Key highlights of the report include:     Biotech crops contribute significantly to reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural practices – mainly from Read More >

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CONVENTION UPDATE: Agricultural Biotechnology – Improving Farmers’ Lives

By Michael J. Phillips At the BIO Internationa Convention, this session featured three farmers from different regions of the world that have had substantial experience with agricultural biotechnology, and they provided testimony as to how the technology has improved their lives. Rosalie Ellasus from the Philippines began farming in 1995 when her husband died leaving her with three small children to raise and educate. The office worker took a gamble and bet all her savings Read More >

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CONVENTION UPDATE: GLEANING PROFITS FROM DROUGHT-SMITTEN FIELDS

The Value Proposition for Next-Generation Energy Crops:  Value Chain and Business Model Considerations By Val Giddings Food & Ag sessions got off to an interesting start on Tuesday as three companies told their very different tales of sailing turbulent economic waters over the past two  years in search of profitable harbors.  With oil at $140/barrel, it looked like a game almost anybody could play.  With oil at $50/barrel things are a lot more competitive.  Mike Read More >

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CONVENTION UPDATE: Focus is on Yields, Technology and Supportive Policy Environment to Meet Food & Fuel Demands

By Val Giddings When Joachim Schneider (Head of Life Sciences for Bayer Crop Science and BIO’s new Chairman for Food & Ad) opened the panel on “Agricultural Production:  Meeting the Sustainability Challenge,” he made it clear that today’s challenge is to increase productivity and while dealing with climate change.  Will future production keep pace with demand?  How can we meet food and fuel challenges? “We need to marry global science with global scale to produce Read More >

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