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

Consumer Reports Does Consumers No Favors

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Like most people, I enjoy Consumer Reports for their ability to provide fact-based product reviews when I’m shopping for a new toaster or a computer or a car.  So it’s disheartening to learn that Consumer Reports‘ advice isn’t always fact-based. Take, for example, their recent article “GMO foods: What you need to know.”  I wish the title of this was “GMO foods: What Consumers Union wants you to believe.”  Consumers Union – as noted in Read More >

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Can Biotech Opponents Quash Scientific Facts?

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Why are GMO opponents so worried about scientists who talk about biotechnology? Are they worried that the public will actually learn that GMOs aren’t scary and that they actually help make agriculture more sustainable and help keep food costs low? Are opponent groups scared of scientific facts? Science writer Keith Kloor explains in an article posted on the Science website that a dozen public sector scientists working in the field of biotechnology were hit with Read More >

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Genetically Modified Cattle With Human DNA Might Hold Ebola Cure

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Maggie Fox reported for NBC news on exciting research taking place in Sioux Falls, S.D. to combat the Ebola virus with the help of genetically modified cattle: On a farm outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a herd of cloned, genetically engineered cattle are busy incubating antibodies against the Ebola virus. Researchers hope the cattle – which certainly don’t look like anything special – will produce gallons of blood plasma that could be used to treat Read More >

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UK Government Adviser: Organic Farming Not Always Best

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The Guardian reported on remarks by a UK government scientific adviser stating that organic farming could be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, because of the greater land use required and the methods used. Lord Krebs, who advises ministers on how to adapt to climate change, told the Oxford Farming Conference that organic farming did not necessarily mean more environmentally friendly farming. Instead, he suggested, agricultural methods known as “no-till” – which usually Read More >

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Scientists, Regulators Brief NRC Committee on GE Crops

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The National Research Council’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops Committee held its second public meeting in Washington, DC, its latest round of scientific review for biotech crops and genetically engineered foods. On December 10, the Committee heard from scientists – including representatives from industry – using novel GE techniques to introduce new traits into crops.  Also, representatives from USDA, EPA, and FDA described their agency’s experience in overseeing GE crop regulation. The NRC’s GE Crops Committee Read More >

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