App Scans Grocery Store Items To Identify Monsanto Products

Identify MonsantoSpecifically intended to point out items linked to the vast and nebulous tentacles of Monsanto and Koch Industries, the smartphone app uncloaks the corporate family tree behind a given barcode. Via Forbes:

The app itself is the work of one Los Angeles-based 26-year-old freelance programmer, Ivan Pardo, who has devoted the last 16 months to Buycott.

Pardo’s handiwork is available for download on iPhone or Android, making its debut in early May. 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. Scan a box of Splenda sweetener, for instance, and you’ll see its parent, McNeil Nutritionals, is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.


8 Comments on "App Scans Grocery Store Items To Identify Monsanto Products"

  1. Simon Valentine | May 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

    G.I. Ivanhoe

  2. Charlie Primero | May 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm |

    Very cool. Get it here:

  3. CosmicAmazing | May 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm |

    Not for Android yet 🙁

    I only use my apple products for holding paper down when its windy.

  4. Calypso_1 | May 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

    Now – fun time with label gun!

  5. CosmicAmazing | May 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm |

    Sorry, I don’t speak spam. Try again.

  6. BuzzCoastin | May 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm |

    there’s an easier app than that
    anything with more than 4 ingredients on the package
    probably has some Monsanto GMO corn in it
    the entire US food supply is polluted with Monsanto shit

    Coke or Pepsi
    Monsanto inspired HFCS derived from GMO corn
    fried snacks
    Monsanto GMO derived oils
    fed with Monsanto GMO corn

    most people will need to ditch the app for peace of mind
    or maybe the app lies to them for their mental health’s sake

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