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.
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 download the app for iphone and android, or simply learn more about it here.
Hopefully this will make supporting the brands who do good, and avoiding the greenwashers a lot easier. Happy shopping!
(this post was originally written by me for the EcoEtsy blog. It is recorded here for my records.)