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

Stiffer Penalties for Anti-Biotech Activities

Marie Mason, a radical activist who helped set fire to protest research on biotech crops was sentenced February 6th to nearly 22 years in prison.  Mason was deemed responsible for the explosion and fire that caused more than $1 million in damage to Michigan State University’s Agriculture Hall on New Year’s Eve 1999.  U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said Mason decided to “elevate her grievances beyond the norms of civilized society” through fire and destruction.  Read More >

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New Era in Animal Biotechnology: FDA Approves Therapy Produced with Genetically Engineered Goats

As an animal scientist, today is an exciting day in my career. I know first-hand the dedication and scientific expertise needed to work towards developing technologies that use animals to improve the human condition. Animals have a long history of serving humankind, and today marks another contribution. It is a landmark day for us, and it hails the efforts of animal scientists everywhere. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the first-ever U.S. approval of Read More >

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Senator Suggests Biotech to Help Combat Hunger, Climate Change

Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) made a science-based plea this week for the international community to embrace agricultural biotechnology as one weapon in the warn against world hunger and climate change.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Senator Lugar is ranking member, held a hearing on January 28th where strategies for addressing global climate change were discussed.  The hearing’s key witness was Former Vice President and climate change expert Al Gore.  Gore’s testimony focused on Read More >

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Biotech Crops Help Improve Soil and Increase Yields

A new study published online in the European Journal of Agronomy shows that when farmers employ no-till farming, meaning they do not disrupt the soil structure with cultivation equipment, and when they allow old plant matter to remain in the field after harvest, soil quality and crop yields are significantly improved. Practices such as no-till farming are a direct result of what is perhaps the best-known agricultural catastrophe for most Americans, the Dust Bowl of Read More >

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