‘Buycott’ App Lets You Track Corporate Parenthood Of Goods


Although it’s temporarily off the Android market (available on the iPhone still) while the creators attempt to handle the enormous amount of traffic put on their system due to their inability to foresee the utter awesomeness of their creation, a new app has been created that allows you to boycott the Koch brothers, Monsanto or, if you’d like, any company that has supported campaigns against the labeling of GMO foods.

The app, Buycott, is still being worked on and improved, due to the extremely complicated nature of corporate interrelationships. Forbes reports, saying,

Once you’ve scanned an item, Buycott will show you its corporate family tree on your phone screen. Scan a box of Splenda sweetener, for instance, and you’ll see its parent, McNeil Nutritionals, is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

Even more impressively, you can join user-created campaigns to boycott business practices that violate your principles rather than single companies. One of these campaigns, Demand GMO Labeling, will scan your box of cereal and tell you if it was made by one of the 36 corporations that donated more than $150,000 to oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food.

Deciding to add that campaign to your Buycott app might make buying your breakfast nearly impossible, as that list includes not just headline grabbers like agricultural giant Monsanto but just about every big consumer company with a presence in the supermarket aisle: Coca-Cola, Nestle, Kraft, Heinz, Kellogg’s, Unilever and more.

User-created campaigns aren’t limited to boycotts. Say you think all this boycotting is well and great, but with rich umbrella corporations owning dozens of products you’d never suspect, how are you supposed to shop for your family?

Well, there’s also campaigns to tell help you pick goods from companies that support worthy causes, as Forbes continues, “There are Buycott campaigns encouraging shoppers to support brands that have, say, openly backed LGBT rights. You can scan a bottle of Absolut vodka or a bag of Starbucks coffee beans and learn that both companies have come out for equal marriage.”

The app is unrelated to the speech given by Darcy Burner at last year’s Netroots Nation suggesting something of the sort that she hadn’t been able to finish herself.

“I remember reading Forbes’ story on the proposed app to help boycott Koch Industries and wishing that we were ready to launch our product,” said Buycott’s marketing director Maceo Martinez. (Source)

As the winner of the #1 spot in Democracy For America’s 2013 Netroots scholarship competition, I hope to see ideas that are half as good as this proposed while I am there!

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