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.

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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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Preserving the Endangered Through Biotechnology

What do pandas, bantengs, and panthers have in common?  These animal populations have all been assisted by biotechnology.  Whether endangered, or unhealthy due to a lack of biodiversity, advances in biotechnology – including animal cloning and assisted reproductive technologies, have helped these animals, and many others, to increase their populations, become healthier, and enjoy a more genetically diverse environment.  Click here to visit our Biotech Now website where you can watch our latest BIOBytes video Read More >

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FFA-ers, Submit Your “Sustainability” Videos By December 31st!

On the National FFA Organization website, FFA promotes its new “Sustainability Through Biotechnology” Video Contest.  Students can get all the necessary information explaining how they can help show off their chapter’s knowledge and creativity! To participate, students are asked to submit a video (approximately two to three minutes in length) that shows the world how modern agricultural techniques are helping our planet.  It’s a great way to work on ag communications skills and learn more Read More >

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Biotechnology Is the New Conventional

John Reifsteck, a Champaign Illinois soybean and corn farmer authored an editorial in response to the November 17 report by the Organic Center, the Union for Concerned Scientists and the Center for Food Safety.  (John Reifsteck, a corn and soybean farmer in western Champaign County Illinois, is a Board Member of Truth About Trade and Technology.)  Pasted below is the text of his editorial, along with links to the sources he references:  Farming is a Read More >

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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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