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

A Scientist Pope and High-Tech Catholicism

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The USA Today ran an op-ed authored by John Rigolizzo, a New Jersey farmer and a volunteer board member of Truth About Trade & Technology: “As Catholic cardinals selected Pope Francis in Rome, we watched an ancient church at its most medieval: obedient to tradition, cloaked in secrecy, and waiting for white smoke. The papal conclave appeared positively anti-modern. Yet in another sense, the Vatican stands in the vanguard of science and technology. It’s one Read More >

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Debunking Ag Biotech’s Top 5 Myths

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On Reason.com, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey takes on the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an organization opposed to crop biotechnology. IRT published a list of reasons to avoid GMOs. Bailey says, “it’s a mish-mash of misinformation and disinformation. All of the institute’s assertions are unfounded.” In a detailed article chock full of scientific cites, Bailey debunks the following IRT Myths: 1. “GMOs Are Unhealthy” 2. “GMOs Increase Herbicide Use” 3. “Genetic Engineering Creates Dangerous Read More >

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Face of a Giant Agribusiness

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One of the more surprising items I saw in the media recently was on the Huffington Post blog. The HuffPost blog promises “fresh takes,” but this outlet is often critical of mainstream agriculture and large-scale food production – ironically, the very essence of how we feed 7 billion people in this world. But this post from Noah Hultgren, a young corn farmer from Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, puts a fresh face on mainstream agriculture and large-scale Read More >

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What do you want to know about biotech food labeling?

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Administered by the Center for Food Integrity (CFI), the BestFoodFacts.org website gives the food-consuming public the opportunity to connect with food system experts to further learn about the many facets of food production, preparation, consumption and everything in-between. Based on input from readers (submit your question here!), as well as national news stories, thought-leading publications and the food-focused topics being discussed on blogs, CFI staff contact University-based experts (majority are PhDs or RDs), conduct an Read More >

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My family farm isn’t under “corporate control”

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On CNN’s blog, “Eatocracy”, Indiana farmer Brian Scott challenges the myth that farmers are slaves to “Big Ag” and explains from first-hand experience how biotech seed contracts work. In his blog post titled, “My family farm isn’t under ‘corporate control’“, Scott posts a copy of an actual technology agreement he signed, and explains how such agreements help him to operate the farm in the manner his family chooses. Among the requirements of technology and stewardship Read More >

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