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

Are Politics Killing the U.S. Animal Biotech Industry?

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A number of national newspapers ran an in-depth Associated Press article this week on the continuing saga of the AquAdvantage salmon and the challenge of its developer, Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies, to stay afloat. The fish, genetically engineered to reach market weight in half the time of a conventional salmon, is a sustainable answer to the world’s demand for high-quality seafood protein, but its application for approval with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains Read More >

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Labeling Foes: Fight if You Want, But We’ve Got to Feed the World

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There were still millions of votes left to be counted in California when advocates for biotech labeling admitted defeat, but vowed to rise from the ashes and take their fight to the national level. Twenty-four hours had barely gone by when the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee – among others – were reporting that biotech opponents still wanted to fight. The Yes on 37 campaign accused our side of using “dirty money Read More >

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Biotechnology on the Ballot: Scaremongering vs. Progress

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Microbiologist and science writer Alex Berezow writes for the Wall Street Journal that Prop 37 is a “scaremongering California initiative” that would be “another green blow to progress.”  Berezow is quick to point out the many benefits of biotechnology (ringspot-resistant  papayas; high-yielding cotton crops; food crops that fight pests without insecticide; “Arctic apples,” which don’t turn brown after they are sliced; drought-resistant corn) and biotech’s promises that are currently waiting in the technology pipeline (a Read More >

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World Food Day 2012: The Role of Agricultural Biotechnology

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As we celebrate Food Day 2012, it seems the debate around agriculture and food production is more contentious than ever.  Instead of celebrating our abilities to provide for seven billion people on our planet in ways that are more sustainable and productive than ever before, there are still some who want to ridicule our modern food production system. Agricultural biotechnology – one of the most basic tools helping us to better feed, fuel and heal Read More >

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34 daily newspapers from California urge voters to vote NO on Prop 37

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In recent editorials, California’s major daily newspapers are urging voters to reject Proposition 37 on the November ballot.  Read all No on Prop. 37 editorials here. The San Jose Mercury News says Prop 37 has best of intent, but bad drafting. “Proposition 37 should never have been placed on the ballot this fall.”  “…there are real problems with this particular law.” “A badly drafted law with good intentions is still a bad law.” “Voters should reject Read More >

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