Next time you’re at the store, consider what big interests and corporations are behind your favorite dental floss or skinny jeans.
According to Forbes.com, at a Netroots Nation gathering last year, Microsoft programmer turned congressional candidate Darcy Burner unveiled a smartphone application that scans bar codes of popular products and lets shoppers trace its corporate and financial roots.
Burner figured the average supermarket shopper had no idea that buying Brawny paper towels, Angel Soft toilet paper or Dixie cups meant contributing cash to Koch Industries through its subsidiary Georgia-Pacific. Similarly, purchasing a pair of yoga pants containing Lycra or a Stainmaster carpet meant indirectly handing the Kochs your money (Koch Industries bought Invista, one of the world’s largest fiber and textiles companies, in 2004 from DuPont).
The article goes on to say that Buycott.com (as in boycott) was recently launched by Los Angeles developer Ivan Pardo. The app is available through the iTunes App store and Google Play.
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.
Given that billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch have become nightly punching bags for liberal punditry thanks to their backing of many conservative Republican causes then maybe its time for right wing, Tea Party activists to take advantage of this technology development for themselves.
Maybe Glenn Beck or the American Family Association will develop an app that will reveal companies and products that support gay marriage, gun control or (gasp) global warming.