‘Buycott’ Koch Brothers, Monsanto and Other Industries’ Products Lining Supermarket Shelves

Ashley Curtin
NationofChange / New Report
Published: Wednesday 15 May 2013
Some of Buycott’s top trending campaigns since the app’s launch earlier this month include Avoid Koch Industries, Demand GMO Labeling and Local and Sustainable Food Initiative.
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The guessing game is over. No longer will consumers wonder what companies are behind the millions of products that fill supermarket shelves because there’s an app for that.

Buycott, now available on Apple and Android platforms, is a tool that allows consumers to organize their spending depending on personal values.

The app helps consumers determine whether their spending is funding causes or campaigns that they either support or oppose. Buycott offers consumers the opportunity to align their principals and spending by avoiding products made by controversial big businesses such as Koch Industries, Monsanto and George Soros and, instead, buying products to help support the companies behind initiatives like local and sustainable food.

Some of Buycott’s top trending campaigns since the app’s launch earlier this month include Avoid Koch Industries, Demand GMO Labeling and Local and Sustainable Food Initiative.

From categories such as animal welfare and the environment to Gay Rights and social responsibility, the app prompts users to join the causes they support and, or boycott the campaigns they oppose. Users of the app scan products’ barcodes while shopping to determine “what the product is and who owns it,” according to Buycott’s website. The app then crosschecks the products’ parent company to the app user’s participating campaigns and will alert them of any conflict.

While many campaigns have already formed, Buycott also allows users to create their own campaigns to help cater to their own principals and reach their personal goals.

The “rich” database Buycott created is still limited in the knowledge of all the corporate relationships, according to it’s website, so it is relying on consumers to input missing product and company information as they see needed to help build the app's integrity and maintain its database. It also allows users the chance to vote on the accuracy of the added data.

Whether looking to buy products vegan and cruelty-free or boycott Monsanto, Buycott is determined to help consumers know who their money is going to.

Note from Buycott: "Sorry, we can't add new servers fast enough!! Articles are being written about Buycott all over the world, causing a non-stop influx of new users. We're working 24/7 to get it up and running."



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ABOUT Ashley Curtin

Ashley Curtin is an exclusive reporter for NationofChange writing on trending topics such as politics, the economy, human rights and the environment from around the world. Before this, she was a features reporter at Daily Breeze, a local newspaper in Southern California, writing a variety of stories with focus in the field of science and medicine, arts and entertainment. Ashley is a transplant from Boston now calling Los Angeles her home.

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13 comments on "‘Buycott’ Koch Brothers, Monsanto and Other Industries’ Products Lining Supermarket Shelves"

Grant Martin

May 24, 2013 3:51pm

Complications why ?
The Earth is a Perfect Place to Live
The problem with the USA and the world is it's filled with Stupid People.
There is a technology 6 thousand years old that will fix this problem it is called
TM
see

http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/
Give Until it Bleeds !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfIqvZLIZz8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2UHLMVr4vg&NR=1&feature=endscreen

study everything on these sites - watch all the videos
cough up the money to learn TM properly & sit twice a day in silence for 20 minutes
nature will come to save us

Eat only organic food. Preferably food you have grown yourself.

Protect yourselves and let the dumb ones die off eating Stupid Food

If you live in the USA travel to Fairfield Iowa - see their plans
for the future of our dear world ... the light glows bright there.
Good luck !

Let's let the Smart, the Wise and Kind Rule the World for a change !

CASnyder

May 16, 2013 5:34am

Please Nation of Change, re-run the story again when the Android bug and the manufacturer's server issues get fixed so that people can actually get these apps.

pitch1934

May 15, 2013 1:23pm

Beautiful. And for those who worry that people will be put out of work by buycotts, remember the companies that are getting busy will be hiring.

noidentity

May 15, 2013 12:06pm

Thanks a whole bleepin' lot. I don't use "apps" and never will.

Bernie Mooney

May 15, 2013 11:52am

The double edged sword regarding Koch companies is they are mostly unionized and are well paying jobs. So, who really gets hurt if the "buycott" is successful?

lotuspetal1

May 16, 2013 8:45am

As a union member myself I realize that sometimes we all have to pay a price for the common good. The fact that so many paid a a price they never recovered from when trying to unionize in the 20's and 30's speaks clearly to this concern. Sometimes the common good MUST over rule personal sacrifice.The Koch's are a blight on the soul of humanity and need to be brought to heel in whatever ways possible.

CASnyder

May 16, 2013 5:39am

Maybe the workers could organize to buy 51% of the shares where they work along with investments from the buycotters and start running the place themselves. I'd love to have some alternatives to Koch products that benefit worker- owners.

makaainana

May 15, 2013 11:47am

Boycotting the Koch brothers is easy.

Boycotting Monsanto is hard. Their GMO products are going to automatically reduce their customer base too fast, either through knowledge or attrition.

My motto is: If you put up with it you deserve it.

lottotx

May 15, 2013 11:30am

Where is the Android app? I cannot find it in The Playstore and the link from buycott's web page gives me a page not found error

Alan8

May 15, 2013 10:59am

A great development for progressives and for democracy.

Here's my list of Koch-owned paper products that I use in the supermarket, to avoid giving these Jame-Bond-type villains any more money:

Quilted Northern, Angel Soft, Brawny, Sparkle, Soft 'n Gentle, Mardi Gras, Vanity Fair, Dixie.

momajoan17

May 16, 2013 10:21am

And anything Georgia Pacific - like printer paper, wall board and paneling.

lotuspetal1

May 16, 2013 8:47am

Thanks Alan..No mas.

mlane78212

May 15, 2013 10:40am

Fantastic! I will use it as one of my ways of getting back at Monsanto et ilk!