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

GMO Labeling Reform – Let’s Try it Again

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Former Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and the Committee on Agriculture, Marshall Matz, recently published an opinion editorial arguing that the world will find it much “more difficult, if not impossible, to feed itself in the years ahead unless it continues to use the most modern science to increase the food supply and make agriculture more sustainable.” AgriPulse published the piece which also contends that transparency is also important in modern America, so Read More >

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Vermont Invades Your Kitchen

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As discussion over GMO food labeling moves to the Senate with consideration of S. 2609, the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act, the Wall Street Journal editorial board explains how Vermont’s state rule to label GMO foods will raise costs nationwide: The Constitution gives Congress the power to oversee interstate commerce, including the right to pre-empt state laws that dictate rules for businesses that operate nationwide. The organic legislators of Vermont will soon mandate deceptive and costly Read More >

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Sugar Beet Farmers Hope for Senate Action on GMO Preemption


Discussions about a potential legislative solution to the GMO food labeling debate have prompted farmers to weigh in, especially sugar beet farmers who are concerned that some food companies are switching from beet sugar to cane sugar to avoid disclosing GMOs on their food labels. Philip Brasher writes for Agri-Pulse that leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are working on a possible compromise bill that could head off state GMO labeling requirements, the first of Read More >

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Transgenic Mosquito Ready to Join War on Zika Virus

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A number of media outlets are reporting on the mosquito-borne Zika virus and how concern is growing as cases are identified within the United States. Officials at the World Health Organization said Thursday that the Zika virus is “is now spreading explosively” with the disease in 23 countries and territories in the Americas, according to a CNN report. A Reuters report offers hope that a genetically modified mosquito can reduce the proliferation of mosquitoes spreading Read More >

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Why Tom And Gisele’s Diet Is Actually The Worst


SciBabe Yvette D’Entremont writes a detailed report in Cosmopolitan about fad diets and misconceptions about health, nutrition and food safety.  Specifically, D’Entremont examines the diets of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen and reports on how eliminating sugar, flour, caffeine, and basically everything else from your diet will not make you look like a supermodel: Who hasn’t dreamed in vain of looking like Gisele Bündchen or Tom Brady? Now you can at least eat like them, Read More >

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