Buycott. An app to help you know who makes that product on the shelf.

Recently, I was stunned to learn that one of my favorite cereal manufacturers was one of a few “organic” manufacturers behind a lobbying effort to ban labeling of GMOs. I”ll admit, it was really frustrating, and I felt like I didn”t even know what to buy anymore. Today, I learned about Buycott, and I hope that will help make things a little easier.

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According to this article in Forbes,

“You can scan the barcode on any product and the free app will trace its ownership all the way to its top corporate parent company, including conglomerates like Koch Industries.
Once you’ve scanned an item, Buycott will show you its corporate family tree on your phone screen.”

In addition, to my point about the anti-GMO labeling lobbiers,

“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”

Buycott is still young, and not all products will have a scanable history, but they are actively encouraging users to help add to their database. You can

Hopefully this will make supporting the brands who do good, and avoiding the greenwashers a lot easier. Happy shopping!

Comments

  1. ugh!!!!I really wish some of these were not on the list!How can they call themselves organic??

  2. Linda Evett says:

    Disturbing to see Cascadian Farm and Muir Glen in that list. Thanks for this post. Gotta get the app.

    • Isn’t it? I think there were a few more, but I can’t find the original article I read. Cascadian Farm was the cereal I was eating at the time tho. Ugh.

  3. Who was the ‘organic’ company who opposed GMO labeling??? This app sounds super! I’m going to check it out. Thanks for the info.

    • here are a few:
      Santa Cruz Organic ‏
      French Meadow Cafe ‏
      Tree Top ‏
      Cascadian Farm ‏
      Muir Glen
      LÄRABAR ‏
      Lightlife
      Naked Juice
      IZZE
      Silk
      Bear Naked
      odwalla
      Honest Tea

  4. thanks for posting this – can’t wait for the Android app – this issue is very frustrating