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

Earth Day 2009: Ten Ways Biotechnology is Helping to Save the Planet

In recognition of Earth Day, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) we are encouraging people to think beyond the usual ways we can help save the Earth by highlighting ten ways biotechnology is contributing to a more environmentally sustainable world.      Biotech breakthroughs help reduce air emissions and water pollution while enabling the development of sustainable, Earth-friendly products.  “Earth Day is a day to appreciate the beauty and health of our planet and recognize the critical role Read More >

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EU Farmers Have High Hopes for Obama

Forbes ran a commentary April 2nd authored by Maria Gabriela Cruz, a Portuguese grower of biotech maize, urging Obama to help facilitate change in EU attitudes on biotech crops. When Obama visited Europe recently – for the first time as president – he enjoyed high approval ratings among Europeans, especially in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia. “What these supporters may not realize is that Obama is an advocate of agricultural biotechnology – a field Read More >

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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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