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Buycott: new corporate monitoring smartphone App

In a story by Patrick James Drennan at In These Times reports that a new mobile app can be downloaded that enables people to determine the parent companies behind products on the shelves. USi believes this is an absolutely brilliant idea and would encourage all our supporters to download the app which is free.

The origin behind the idea relates to the Koch Industries who are a vehement anti-union company. Koch Industries website includes an opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal by Charles Koch, one of the company’s owners, “Why Koch Industries is Speaking Out.”The article states: “Because of our activism, we’ve been vilified by various groups. Despite this criticism, we’re determined to keep contributing and standing up for those politicians, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are taking these challenges [deficit spending by governments] seriously.” Koch Industries is also attempting to take over the LA Times which is designed to extend is right-wing political agenda.

The ‘Buycott app will help consumers trace products on supermarket shelves that are a part of corporation like Koch Industries where the proceeds of these products go towards anti-union and right-wing political activities. In These Times reports that ‘beyond “tracing the corporate family tree of everyday goods, Buycott also allows users to create and join campaigns that sort companies according to how their practices affect certain issues. For example, if you join the campaign “Demand GMO labeling,” you’ll be alerted when a product you’ve scanned is linked to one of 36 companies identified as having opposed the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food.”

Buycott can be downloaded for free from Apple’s App store and Android’s Google Play.

 

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