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• A group of 137 IGA retailers serving communities in the western United States announced that they have partnered with JDRF, the leading global charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research working to discover, develop and deliver advances that cure, better treat and prevent T1D. The IGA retailers are kicking off their new relationship with JDRF with an education and sales campaign that runs from Wednesday, Feb. 6 through Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in their local independent grocery stores.

• The San Francisco Chronicle has a story about how a number of venture capital groups are investing in "clean food businesses." According to the story, "Over the last year, two of Silicon Valley's most esteemed VC firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Khosla Ventures, have backed nearly a dozen startups trying to engineer healthier and cheaper alternatives to eggs, chicken, cheese, salt and candy."

There is, of course, a potential downside: "The so-called clean-food movement follows in the wake of the high-tech industry's disastrous bet on clean energy, which resulted in a crop of solar, wind and fuel-cell companies whose fortunes fell dramatically amid the proliferation of cheap natural gas and low-cost competition from the Chinese."
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