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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

Happy Birthday Dr. Borlaug

March 25, 2009, is Dr. Norman Borlaug’s 95th Birthday.  Born on a farm near Cresco, Iowa, Norman Ernest Borlaug is often referred to as the father of the “Green Revolution” that helped save countless lives from starvation.  Dr. Borlaugh is one of only five people in history to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. With a Ph.D. in plant pathology and genetics from the University Read More >

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Celebrating Agriculture’s Abundance

 Every year, the Agriculture Council of America hosts the annual “National Ag Week” campaign.  But we shouldn’t need a special day to appreciate all that agriculture provides us – we see it every day in the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the energy we consume.  This year, National Ag Day is Friday, March 20.  This is the day that producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join Read More >

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In Today’s Economy Consumers’ Are Apt to Pay Attention to Where They Shop

This week when I got my most recent issue of Washington Consumer’s Checkbook,the magazine that provides you with consumer tips, on the cover was a basket of groceries. On closer examination I realized that this was because they had a big story, “Trim the Fat from Your Food Bill: Which Supermarkets Offer the Best Prices and Quality.” As a guy who works for BIO in the agriculture section (and eats groceries) I was fascinated — Read More >

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Biotech Makes Farming Earth-Friendly

BBC News’s weekly “Green Room” features an opinion article about biotechnology’s role in strengthening the security and sustainability of global food production. Dr. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, German MEP and a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development writes that we will not be able to sustain a growing population if we do not amend our methods of agricultural production to reflect the new challenges before us. In addition to the challenges of Read More >

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The World’s Embrace of Biotechnology

On the eve Valentines Day 2009, it’s appropriate to examine the world’s budding romance with biotechnology.  Ag biotech helps farmers grow heartier, healthier crops in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.  Is it any wonder that we’re seeing the world embrace this science for the promises it holds? The anxiously awaited ISAAA report for 2008 was released this week and its findings show another year of strong growth for agricultural biotechnology around the world.  In Read More >

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